Home is where the heart is

It is with sad hearts that we announce Brittany will be leaving us to return to her home town of Regina.  Brittany joined the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital in February 2015 and immediately made clients and pets feel at home when they arrived at West Kootenay Animal Hospital.  Her positive energy and laughter will be missed by the entire team, but we understand her need to be home with her family in Saskatchewan right now.  Good Luck Brittany, we know you will succeed at whatever adventure lies ahead!

We're Hiring!

Looking for a position where you can put down roots and be part of a fun and dedicated team?  If you have a passion for people and their four-legged friends, can “keep calm and carry on” in a heated situation and possess the skills for creative problem solving, then we want to hear from you!  As part of our reception team you will be responsible for keeping our daily operations running smoothly, greeting people

Lessons Learned from the Animals in my life

Today I had the good fortune to enjoy a day off and a morning hike with my two dogs, Maisy and Stella.  Fall is one of my favorite times of year and as I enjoyed the beautiful day and watching my dogs run through the forest, it struck me how much we can learn from the animals in our lives.  I hope you will allow me to take a moment and share some of these lessons with you.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital has so much to be thankful for and we are sure you do too!  We  are looking forward to celebrating one of our favorite holidays with family and friends. We will be closed Saturday October 10, Sunday October 11 and Monday October 12, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Our office will be open again for regular office hours at 8:15 am on Tuesday October 13, 2015.

If you have a veterinary emergency during the Thanksgiving weekend, a doctor on call can be reached at: 250-364-1910 and follow the directions given.

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.