Check out our new video featuring some amazing West Kootenay Pets!

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Ripley, Maisy and Nigel love the West Kootenays and so do we.  We hope you enjoy this movie created by an amazing young film maker - James Klemmensen.  If you enjoy this video please share it with your friends, we would really appreciate it!

Forest fires and your pet

Given the hot, dry summer we are having in BC, it seemed inevitable that forest fires would eventually affect the beautiful Kootenay Boundary region.  Seemingly overnight, we have become surrounded by fires with dense smoke hanging in the air, affecting us as well as our pets.  While we all know about the concerns surrounding air quality, the question for many of us is "should I be worried about my pets?". 

Good bye and Good Luck Sanaya

2015 has been a "big" year for one of our employees.  Sanaya joined the team of WKAH as a kennel assistant when she was in high school.  In 2008, following graduation from the AHT program at Olds College, Sanaya became one of our veterinary technicians.  This year Sanaya moved to a new community, became engaged to her partner Jeff and made the decision to leave our team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital.  Thank your for all your hard work over the years Sanaya.  We know your amazing technical skills and beautiful smile will take you great places!

We Have Gone Digital!

Our clinic has recently purchased a new digital X-ray system (both radiology and dental xrays). Having digital X-rays allows us to be more efficient when taking X-rays and the images are clearer giving us better results. The digital system is also more environmentally friendly and exposes staff and pets to less radiation and chemicals. Being digital also means we can quickly and easily e-mail X-rays to referring clinics.

Lice and your Pet

Lice are a wingless ectoparasite (a parasite that live outside the body) that are flat in appearance with six legs. Unlike fleas with their long back legs, lice cannot jump, also unlike fleas if your dog gets infected with lice, it cannot be transferred to yourself or your cat. Lice are host specific meaning they will live out their life cycle on one species type. The transmission of lice is by direct contact. This means coming in contact with the infected animal or even infected grooming supplies.

Steps to Remove a Tick

You have found a tick on your animal, now what? Here are a few simple steps to removing a tick from your pet:

1. Grab a small container and some tweezer (or handy tick pickers if you have some, which you can get at your veterinary clinic). You may actually want to hold onto the tick for awhile in case your pet starts to show signs of any tick borne dieases. We can send the tick away for such analysis.

Thank You - National Cupcake Day

On February 23, 2015 we hosted National Cupcake Day to support the SPCA and our local Humane Societies. We raised $392.45!! As promised we at the West Kootenay Animal Hospial would match all donations so we raised a total of $784.90! Thank you to everyone that donated and came to enjoy a tasty treat! We truly appreciate all the kindness that goes towards helping those that cannot help themselves!

Welcome Dr. April Hahn

The staff of west kootenayanimal hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. April Hahn to our team

Dr. Hahn graduated from the Ontario Veterinary college in 2007 and brings a wealth of experience to our practice.

Our team is excited to be working with Dr. Hahn and looks forward to introducing her to all of our clients and patients.

A Sad Farewell to Dr. Leanne Sackney

To Our Clients and Friends,

Jerky Dog Treat Recall

Two retailers of chicken jerky dog treats in the States have voluntarily recalled several brands. This is after New York state agriculture officials said they may be contaminated with unapproved antibiotics.