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Meet Pablo, Also Known as “Wags”

One of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, Colleen and her husband Chuck, met Pablo in Costa Rica while they were on holidays. At the time, he was a stray beach dog who begged for food at one of the popular resorts. Colleen knew he was sick, as he had goopy eyes and nose, a bad cough, and was very skinny. Her attempts to catch him were unsuccessful, as he was in dire need of veterinary care and their trip was coming to an end very soon. They asked the resort managers to let them know if he was ever caught, as they would like to help pay for his treatments and maybe even adopt him.

After about two months of wondering what happened to the sick dog, Colleen heard from the resort manager that the neighbours had caught him and took him to the vet. He was receiving treatment for ehrlichiosis, tick-borne disease (which can cause low blood cell counts), bleeding, bacterial infections, lameness, neurological disorder and kidney disease. After receiving six weeks of antibiotics, multiple doctor visits and blood samples, he was cleared of Ehrlichia.

The person who rescued Pablo already had three other rescue dogs and couldn’t keep another, so Colleen and Chuck decided to adopt him. After many emails, faxes, paperwork, and the help of many dedicated, committed people, Pablo was on his way to Canada.

Colleen and Chuck picked him up at the Vancouver airport in March 2017. He arrived a healthy dog, but a little nervous and timid. It’s now been a year since Pablo’s arrival in Canada and Colleen is happy with his progress getting adjusted to his new life. Today he loves his canine brother and sister, two feline companions and his humans, who treat him to bananas and chips once in a while!

Written by Campbell River Veterinary Hospital



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Last updated: July 6, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.

Our new policies:


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital