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

10 Tips for Healthy Dogs and Cats

1. Diet – Dogs and cats do NOT know what is good for them!

Health Canada Advisory on Flea and Tick Control Products

Current data from Health Canada's Pesticide Incident Reporting Program suggests there may be a potential for adverse reactions in cats and dogs from the use of flea and tick control products applied to the skin and sold in stores as pesticides. These products can be identified by a Pest Control Product or PCP Registration Number on the label.

Travelling to the United States with Medical/Royal Canin Veterinary Diets

Effective December 2008, pet owners are permitted to take their Medical/Royal Canin Veterinary diets to the U.S. providing that the product does not contain lamb, sheep or goat (Canine Gastro dry food would be the only restricted diet), and it is in the original packaging.  Please refer to www.cbp.gov for additional information.