We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Why Does My Dog Shake?

Dogs may shake for many reasons. Just like humans, our dogs feel the cold and can suffer from anxiety and become nervous too. However, shaking can also be a symptom or sign of an illness or condition and should not be ignored.

Cold Weather – Dogs are not immune to the cold. Over the decades our domesticated dogs have become acclimatized to our indoor way of living and feel the cold much more then a wild animal would. Several breeds have short or almost no hair at all such as chihuahuas, dachshunds and greyhound type breeds. It does not take long for hypothermia to creep in on cold winter days when left outside without a coat or shelter. All dogs, no matter how thick their coat can suffer from frostbite on the pads of their feet. This is caused when walking on frozen pavement for long periods of time or left outside with no way of getting up off the icy, snow-covered ground.

Anxiety/Excitement – Shaking can also be related to a behaviour or emotion. Often dogs will start to shake when they see their owners prepping or packing to leave the house or when strangers come over to visit. Fireworks or loud noises can cause your dog to shake as well as overstimulation and excitement.

Pain – This is one that often gets overlooked. Some dogs shake due to pain, even if they show no other symptoms. If there is no other explanation and shaking is not “normal” behaviour for your pet, this might be an indication of pain and should be addressed.

Muscle Fatigue/Weakness –Weak, tired muscles can also cause your dog to shake. Dogs can overdo it too and an overactive pet may shake after a long run at the beach or hard play with a canine companion. Senior pets will also shake due to fatigue, strains and loss of muscle mass. Shaking can be a sign of hind end weakness associated with arthritis and aging hips.

Toxicity – Shaking and tremors can also be a sign of toxicity. If you suspect your dog may have gotten into something or been exposed to a poison (household chemical, antifreeze, plant, chocolate etc) call your veterinarian ASAP. Shaking is a common sign of toxicity and can lead to seizures.

If your dog starts to shake for no obvious reasons and this is a new behaviour for your pet, talk to your veterinarian about this new behaviour during their annual check-up or book an appointment sooner if you think it could be related to pain or illness.

Written by: Van Isle Veterinarian 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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital