Gulf Island Veterinary Clinic

540 Lower Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K2P6


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (250)537-5334.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

   Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. We are closed from 2-3pm on Tuesdays for a staff meeting. The clinic is closed on Saturday and Sunday, however there is always a Dr. available on an on call emergency basis.

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

    Yes, patients are seen by appointment. However - if we have no openings and your pet needs to be seen urgently we offer drop off appointments so that the doctor can assess your pet in between appointments as there is time.

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

     Cash, Cheque, Debit, Mastercard and Visa

4. Can I make payments?

    Payment is required at the time of service.

5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

   Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.

6.  What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

   This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.

7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?

   Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 14 days following the surgery.  Many times we are able to use absorbable sutures that are dissolving and do not need to be removed.

8.  Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?

    No, there is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However there are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

9.  Do you board pets?

    As a general rule, no.  Occasionally for some cats with daily medications we can.

 10. Why can't you dispense dewormer over the counter?

Most effective dewormers are prescription drugs so this requires that the pet is examined by the veterinarian before a prescription is made. This is a legal requirement of all prescription drugs.