Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Last summer my dog Ryah, a 4-year-old lab mix, fell ill. Her symptoms were very subtle; 2 days of vomiting and lethargy. Neither of these was normal for her. On physical exam she was bright, alert, and responsive; however, her bloodwork showed high white blood cells and liver enzymes. One of the readings was off the scale. The next step was to do emergency x-rays; they showed nothing wrong. We hospitalized her on intravenous fluids, plus injectable antibiotics, anti-nausea, and antacid medications. The next morning, she was jaundiced which means she had yellow gums, whites of the eyes and ear flaps. For that reason, she was scheduled for an emergency ultrasound which showed a slightly enlarged gallbladder with decreased bile flow which could obstruct the bile duct. It is called Cholangiohepatitis; inflammation of the gallbladder and liver. It can happen because of bacterial overgrowth, or for no reason at all. It is common in cats, but not dogs.
Ryah was discharged from the hospital after 3 days of rigorous intravenous fluids and meds. She was to receive 6 weeks of antibiotics and liver supplements at home, plus numerous doctor rechecks and repeat lab work to keep an eye on things. Today, she is doing great and enjoying life with her 2 canine brothers and feline sisters.
This write up is not to educate you on the condition she had, but to stress the importance of regular veterinary visits and to bring your pet in if you have any concerns at all, no matter how big or small the concern is. Had I waited to bring Ryah in to see her veterinarian the outcome may have been very different. It is easier to treat/manage ailments/diseases when caught early.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Our grooming department is now OPEN.We will be calling clients to rebook appointments. Please be patient—lots of our furry friends are in need of a trim!
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