Small Animal Services
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets’ complete health care needs.
Surgical Services: Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Please note we cannot provide the ear cropping, tail docking or dewclaw removal in puppies, declawing of cats and debarking of dogs.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.
Internal medicine consults: We offer referrals to an internal medicine specialist who performs ultrasounds, endoscopic procedures and helps us with the diagnosis of more complicated cases.
Radiology/Ultrasound Services: Our on-site, modern digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. We also offer a specialist radiologist referral when required. Ultrasound procedures are also a diagnostic tool at our clinic and aid in diagnosis of soft tissue issues.
Electrocardiology Services: We provide ECG services on-site.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Permanent Identification: We offer microchip identification.
Pharmacy: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.
Individualized Flea Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Dietry Consulting: We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Behavioral Counseling: We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.
Bathing: Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available with our groomers.
Emergency Care: Please call our main telephone number for instructions for after-hour emergencies.
Wellness care – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” That saying holds true for horses also. As part of our routine care we provide vaccinations, deworming, and dental care with a power float. At the time of service we can discuss any issues you may have with your horse including nutritional needs, training programs, geriatric care, etc..
Time of need care – We offer care for your horse in case of medical colic, sickness, lameness, injury, metabolic problems, or chronic illness. We are equipped to provide intravenous fluids and in house laboratory provides results quickly. Emergency care for our REGULAR clients is provided on a 24 hour basis.
Geriatric care – Aged horses can have sub-clinical health care issues that can be identified and treated before they become a problem. If your horse is over 15 years of age we recommend a complete physical examination and blood testing to establish baseline values.
Lameness examination – Evaluate the locomotion of your horse. We use a variety of techniques to identify the source(s) of lameness including physical examination and palpation, flexion tests, and joint and nerve blocks. We also use acupuncture points to pinpoint where the issues are!
Surgery – Standing or recumbent surgery of the horse is performed for castration, biopsy and laceration repair. More complicated procedures may be referred to a specialist.
Tonometry – is a procedure that measures the intraocular pressure of the eyebal and is useful in detecting galucoma and uvetis
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – We can help you with lameness, behavioural, immune mediated disease, Cushings or PPID, digestive issues and skin and allergies by assessing your horse wholly -body, personality and spirit. We can smooth out issues with acupuncture and chinese herbs.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is offered at the Gulf Island Veterinary Clinic.
More details coming soon!
Please phone the clinic at 250 537 5334 to book your cat, dog, rabbit and horse’s acupuncture today!
**PLEASE NOTE: As of Dec 1st 2018, you will need a veterinary prescription to get any antibiotics for your herd. Please call the clinic and set up a consultaion farm call (due once yearly) to be able to access these, sometimes, life savings drugs for your animals.**
Wellness Exams – includes routine hoof care, annual vaccinations for Clostridium C & D (over-eating disease) and Tetanus. Includes fecal egg counts +/- deworming and boosters for vitamin E and selenium to prevent white muscle disease. Includes vaccination for rhinopneumonitis for camelids housed with equines. We evaluate body scores annually as obesity is such a problem in these animals.
Sickness exams – emergency coverage includes administration of intravenous fluids, treatment for worms, treatment for choke, overeating disease, polioencephalomalacia, listeriosis, and “failure to thrive” syndrome.
Sugery – routine castrations, growth removal, dentistry, dehorning, microchip insertion.
We also treat Pigs, Cattle, Chickens, Alpacas and Llamas.