Mexi-Can Vet Project

On November 12, 2011 Dr. Elaine Klemmensen and her daughter Hannah will be travelling to Jaltemba Bay near Puerto Vallarta to volunteer with The Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue and PEACE Mexico in a 3 day long free spay and neuter clinic.

Car Travel Tips

For some pet parents, a trip’s no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

Planning a road trip? Traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off—especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth car trip:

Travelling With Your Pet

Summer is here and with its arrival comes the long awaited summer holiday.  Here are some tips on how to travel with your animal companions.  If you aren't sure if you want to bring pets on a trip, there are many local kennels that will look after your dog while you are away.  Also pet sitters are a good idea for pets that are a little more anxious when away from home.

West Kootenay Veterinary Group Dermatology Seminar

The West Kootenay Animal Hospital is hosting a dermatology seminar Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Kinnaird Park Comminity Church in Castlegar. This is open to both Veterinarians and Animal Health Technologists.

Spring is Fast Approaching!

The snow is melting and it's starting to get warm. Spring is almost here and the animals will soon be frolicking in the grass. Unfortunately, this also means some pesky parasites will aslo do some frolicking, on your pet! Fleas, ticks, lice and of course roundworms, tapeworms, heartworm and a few other are more prevalent in the spring and summer due to the warmer weather.

So your cat is on the prowl and brings you home a lovely rodent gift. If your cat is outdoors and is hunting they should be dewormed regularly for roundworms and tapeworms throughout the spring and summer.

Iams Veterinary Food Recall

As of July 25, 2010 there was a recall on:

Iams Cat Canned Food Recall

As of June 9, 2010 - IAMS ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten food - all varieties, flavours and sizes (3oz and 5.5 oz), with the expirary dates of  09/2011 to 06/2012. Some of this product does not meet the quality control standards for thiamine levels in the food.

If you have any questions regarding this recall or the return process please call - 1-800-609-9514

Introducing Our New In-House Lab

We have recently purchased a new in-house lab for running our blood work. We strive to get the best and most accurate results we can. The new lab equipment provides us with fast, same day results for tests such as pre-anesthetic screens before surgery, NSAID panels for animals on arthritis medication, thyroud testing withe the in house T4 test, diagnostic panels for sick animnals, and the list of possibilities goes on and on.

New Tonometer at West Kootenay Animal Hospital

We are very excited about the recently purchase of a new tonometer. This specialized piece of equipment is used to measure the intraocular pressure (inside the eye) of pets to help diagnosis and monitor conditions like glaucoma and uveitis.  Our new tonometer is much more pet friendly and employs the latest technology.  It is a less stressful and more accurate way to check eye pressure in cats and dogs.

Checklist for travelling with your Pet

  •         First Aid Kit
o       Assorted bandages, gauze squares, bandage scissors, tape, thermometer, hydrogen peroxide, antihistamine (Benadryl), tweezers, water based lubricated jelly national poison control number, veterinarian’s phone number, antihistamine (Benadryl), and research a number for a 24-hou