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.



Internal parasites are in our environment; therefore, communicability to our pets is unavoidable. To protect our pets from the damage parasites can cause, we need to deworm regularly.

Dogs and cats can acquire many types of internal parasites. Some are species-specific, some are passed to different species, and some are zoonotic (transmissible to humans).

Children, elderly and immunocompromised people are at higher risk of damage by parasites travelling through the body. The most common parasites in our area are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Your veterinarian will recommend deworming your pet in 2-weeks to 6-week intervals. They will develop a deworming regime based on your pets age, and exposure.

For example, the cat who lives by itself and is 100% indoor will differ from the dog who is outside on trails or at the dog park daily. Some parasite eggs can lie dormant in our environment for up to a year, especially in our mild climate. Some parasite eggs are very sticky, and as the dog sniffs around, they parasites stick to the dog’s nose or paws. As the dog licks its nose and paws, they become infected.

Other forms of transmission include grooming each other, litter boxes, coprophagia (eating feces), eating rabbits/rodents, and ingestion of fleas (for tapeworms). Dewormer acts as a quick kill adulticide (which differs from flea treatments which are long-acting/residual). Dewormer kills the adult worms in the body at that time. However, the pet could become infected after that deworming treatment, which is why we need to keep on the regime set by your veterinarian. It’s important to check your pet’s stool once a year for parasite eggs. It should be part of your pet’s annual vet visit to ensure that the deworming regimen is working for their lifestyle.

Written by: Jenn




Last summer my dog Ryah, a 4-year-old lab mix, fell ill.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. 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, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Campbell River Veterinary Hospital