Well friends, they finally did it! After a 4yr engagement, 2yrs of which were thanks to Covid related postponements, our very own Hospital Manager, Shauna and her super lovely Fella and partner in crime of 8yrs, Stephen tied the knot on 22 May 2022! They were surrounded by friends and family including the entire Brentwood Bay Vet Team, the weather couldn't possibly have been better (although it may have been afraid to be anything but perfect, you've met Shauna right?) and the ceremony was followed up by cheers to the newly weds, laughter, merriment and a good old fashioned BBQ. And yes, Shauna's Brother and family made it up from California so that her Brother could walk her down the aisle. Literally perfect. Shauna and Stephen's cat Gatsby declined to be part of the ceremony but he made his presence known during the MOST important hair and makeup, and making sure that there were an appropriate number of wedding images with him in them. Shauna and Stephen would like to thank all of Brentwood Bay Vet's wonderful clients for their support and well wishes through their engagement journey. From excitedly asking about wedding details to helping support Shauna through both postponements, time and time again we are shown that Brentwood Bay Vet clients are just the loveliest Humans around and we appreciate you all so much. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs!
In our line of work we help our clients face loss on a regular basis. We walk them through how to know when “it’s time” to let their friend go, we offer support when the rigours of age or disease become too much for their loved one to bear, we hold their hands as they navigate fear, confusion and even anger and, we’re there for them when they make the eventual decision to come into our Hospital and bid their furry friend good bye. Each one of us at Brentwood Bay Vet has encountered death a hundred times or more and we’ve each done it with empathy, with well timed hugs, with compassion and a firm resolution to guide our client(s) through the other side of it safely.
Today was different though. Today we were the ones in need of hugs, we were the ones in need of support and we were the ones in need of reassurance as we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to our beloved Office Cat B. At roughly 18yrs old her body had grown very frail, her mind was starting to falter and she was fading a little more almost daily. Her bad days were outnumbering her good days. She was our friend, coworker, our emotional support, our trouble maker, our beautiful little styrofoam stealing goblin and we loved B too darn much to ever risk having her suffer so the decision was made to let her pass from this world. True to form, B spent her final day helping do one last Hospital order with Office Gal Shauna, helping Office Gal Katy do laundry and helping Dr Simon read the newspaper before being snuggled and whispered to and told how much she was treasured as she slipped painlessly away.
Brentwood Bay Vet is very quiet today because our littlest team member is gone but Office Cat B thankfully lives on in 9 amazing years of pictures and snuggles and memories and stories and even the books that Office Gal Shauna created about her and we know, that if we hear the faint jingle of a bell in the corner of our Hospital, that Office Cat B will have stopped by to make sure that the family she fell into is doing OK.
Office Cat B.
Roughly 2002 - June 13, 2020
13 November 2018
We at Brentwood Bay Veterinary Clinic try our best to tailor our vaccine and parasite control to the needs of your dog. This means that it's important for you to tell us about your dog's lifestyle and any travel plans so that we might work with you to establish your dog's individual needs to keep them safe, happy and healthy for the coming year. As you know, we vaccinate on a rotating, 3yr schedule that includes Distemper, Parvo and Rabies Virus' and this protocol was designed to meet the needs of the average dog living on Vancouver Island. Recently, there have been some concerns regarding Leptospirosis and its encroachment on Vancouver Island. The average dog may not find itself at a risk of exposure to Leptospirosis as he or she goes about their daily routine however, dogs traveling East of Manitoba may benefit from being vaccinated against Leptospirosis. So far, there have only been a few reported cases on Vancouver Island that we are aware of but, with Leptospirosis shown to be present in the urine of some wildlife on Vancouver Island including marine mammals, you may wish to consider and discuss with the Veterinarian your dog’s possible risk factors especially if you and your canine companion frequent our Island’s beaches or remote camp sites.
As always if you have questions or concerns about your dog's health, well being, vaccination status or, their vaccination protocol moving forward, please call our Clinic, we would love to talk to you about the health and safety of your dog!
You’ve all spoken to her on the phone, you’ll all seen her around the hospital, heck; you’ve probably all even gotten one of her amazing hugs! We’re talking about our one and only Jessy.
Jess has been a fixture at Brentwood Bay Veterinary Clinic for roughly TWO decades (to answer your unspoken question no, she’s not old enough, she clearly started working here when she was in diapers) and we’d be lost without her. Since working her way up from a student position, Jessy has been our talented, exceptionally intelligent and implicitly trusted Veterinary Nurse for years with responsibilities that ranged from assisting clients and patients in every way possible, performing dental surgeries and monitoring anaesthetics for surgical procedures, to handling family members of the 4 legged variety for examinations or vaccines. Jess has been an invaluable member of the Brentwood Bay Family! Oh, and did we mention that, during her time with us, she somehow found the time to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatoon where she met her Husband Aaron with whom she shares two sons?
A few years ago, Jessy decided that she really wanted to become a registered/licensed Animal Health Technician and embarked on the gruelling (and yes, we do mean grueling!) process via the AHT Distance Education Program through Thompson Rivers University and, it certainly wasn’t always easy. Not only did Jessy have to juggle work and being a full time Mom (thankfully with a loving, supportive and helpful Husband) to two, growing, active teenage boys, but she now had to toss in another ‘ball’ so to speak that was.......SCHOOL. But, Jess did it. Of COURSE Jess did it! Jess knocked it out of the park!
The AHT Distance Education Program is a 3 ½ year course that involves MULTIPLE in-clinic Labs that the student must complete and MULTIPLE videos that they must prepare for, convince their coworkers to record for them/star in/work around them and or hold down the hospital during and, all the while the student still has the homework load that one would expect for, what is essentially a multi-species nursing degree........and yes, there are still mid-terms and final exams that the student still has to study for, stress over and take.
But Jessy did it. Jessy did the in-clinic Labs and she did the homework on top of the full time Mom-ing and on top of the full time Spouse-ing. Jessy convinced her coworkers (don’t worry, we were pretty easy to convince!) to record and sometimes star in her school videos. Jessy studied for her exams during spare moments at work, before picking her sons up from school and various sports events, in the evenings and, Jessy did it. And oh my goodness did she ever do it! Not ever content to do anything halfway, Jess even went and earned herself the Academic Award for her Graduating Class as well!
So please, join us in congratulating Jess when you see her because as of April 11th 2018, Jessy is now Brentwood Bay Veterinary Clinic’s REGISTERED Animal Health Technician and we couldn’t possibly be any prouder of our Family Member!!
As some of you may or may not have observed, K9 Parvovirus had been fairly prominent in the news lately with 11 cases in the Sooke area which unfortunately includes 2 deaths. For those of you with adult dogs (dogs 18mths of age or older) who are healthy and free of any illness' and, who are up to date on their vaccinations or, who have had a recent Titre Test done, this poses little risk to your K9 companion. For those of you with puppies (dogs under 18mths of age), dogs who are very elderly, dogs who have health issues or, dogs who have lapsed in their vaccinations/are unvaccinated, this may be something that you want to discuss with your Veterinarian.
Parvo affects dog's gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by contact with contaminated feces (stool). The virus can also contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. It is resistant to heat, cold, humidity, and drying, and can survive in the environment for long periods of time. Even trace amounts of feces from an infected dog may harbor the virus and infect other dogs that come into the infected environment. The virus is readily transmitted from place to place on the hair or feet of dogs or via contaminated cages, shoes, or other objects.
Some of the symptoms of parvovirus may include:
Most deaths from Parvooccur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of clinical signs. If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. No specific drug is available that will kill the virus in infected dogs, and treatment is intended to support the dog’s body systems until the dog’s immune system can fight off the viral infection. Treatment should be started immediately and consists primarily of intensive care efforts to combat dehydration by replacing electrolytes, controlling vomiting and diarrhea, and preventing secondary infections. Sick dogs should be kept warm and receive good nursing care. When a dog develops Parvo, treatment can be very expensive and sadly, we we often lose the patient despite aggressive treatment. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are very important in successful outcomes.
If you have any questions about your dog's vaccination status or, if you'd like to book an appointment, please don't hesitate to call our Hospital. We'd love to assist you in making sure your dog is protected against Parvovirus and, whatever else he or she may need to continue having worry-free adventures with you!
Dr Pemble is fond of teasing clients that; "Flea season on Vancouver Island is early January thru late December!".
This really is the truth of it, although thankfully fleas *usually* tend to slow down in the winter and then build up again throughout the spring and summer, peaking in October/November.
We'd really like to remind everybody to think about preventive and, in some situations, year round treatment because; for every 1 live, adult flea you find on your pet, there can be up to 100 fleas in varying stages of their life cycle throughout your pet's environment. Don't despair though, we have a number of product options to both prevent and control fleas that are available for your pets! Drop by or give us a call and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy help you figure out what product best suits your pet's lifestyle.