Top Five Dental Tips for a Healthy Pet

In this blog, we share tips you can incorporate to help improve your pets oral health!

Do Brush

We know. Best practice is to start early and get into a routine. We believe the second most important thing to feeding your dog a healthy diet is oral hygiene.

Don’t Assume your pet will tell you his teeth hurt

Dogs and Cats are very good at hiding oral pain. Look for signs like bad breath, excessive drooling, pawing at the face, general discomfort and inflammation. When in doubt, ask your vet.

Don’t Think Oral Care is an Unnecessary Luxury

Most pets will require a professional tooth cleaning or scaling under a general anesthetic in their lifetime. The best thing you can do is a plan for this. Talk to your Veterinarian about procedure cost estimates, and purchase and use appropriate dental tools like pet toothbrushes and toothpaste.  Both are available for purchase at your Veterinary Hospital or pet stores for under $10.

Be Careful with “Dental Treats”

Not all treats sold with the word “dental” in the name are safe for your pet, so when purchasing dental products, look for the VOHC symbol on the package.  If you feed bones, make sure they are safe, properly prepared, and appropriate size and shape for your pet. Some dental pet treats can be very high in calories and fat and can do more harm than good. Consider the option of feeding a crunchy food rather than soft, as the mechanical chewing action can aid in removing tarter.

Keep That Smile Top of Mind

Assessing your dog or cat’s oral health should be a part of your annual wellness exam with your Veterinarian.  Your Veterinarian can advise you on preventative care and can determine if and when there is a problem that needs further medical attention.

Written by: Van Isle Veterinary Hospital



Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need During Treat Week (Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2020)

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.

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Last updated: March 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital