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.


Why Does My Dog Stink?

Our canine friends make great companions, but they often develop a bad odour. There are many reasons for your dog’s unique smell, but one area that is commonly overlooked is the ears! You can usually recognize an ear infection by seeing redness, excessive black debris and usually your dog is shaking their head.

Ear infections usually stem from the over-production of ear wax, which occurs in response to irritation, excessive moisture or an allergic reaction. The moisture of the wax promotes bacterial and yeast growth. A yeast infection is very stinky which usually is the cause of your dog’s unique odour. Most ear infections are cleared up simply with professional cleaning followed by medication at home. If there is only mild debris in the ear canal, your veterinarian will simply disinfection the ear using a full ear flush. They will then examine the eardrum to ensure that your pet’s ear is not infected.

If your canine friend is often getting ear infections, you may want to ask your veterinarian about the possibility of an underlying allergy or thyroid dysfunction.

Remember that ear infections are painful, do not place any medications in the ear canal without advice from your veterinarian. Do not trust Google. If your dog stinks, always check the ears!

Written by: Dr. Peter Woodward, DVM




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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