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.
Did you know that honey bees are a food-producing animal and as such, require veterinary care? In Canada alone, 95 million pounds of honey are produced by 720,000 colonies of bees. Starting in December 2018, Health Canada has directed that veterinary oversight is needed for any Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIA’s), meaning that a prescription is required to obtain these. And yes – bees need antibiotics too!
Like all animals, bees are affected by a number of diseases, one of the most significant of these diseases is a bacterial disease called American Foulbrood. In areas where the disease is highly prevalent, antibiotics are used as a preventative. Veterinary care is very important to help prevent resistance to antibiotics, as well as ensure that commercial honey is not contaminated with antibiotics.
Some Fun Facts About Honey Bees
The queen only mates once in life (with as many drones as possible!) and can then store sperm within a special sperm-storing organ for 3 to 4 years.
Drones are male bees whose sole purpose is to mate; if they succeed at mating they die, if they don’t mate, then they live for a few months and are kicked out of the hive before winter and then die.
During peak season, a queen can lay 1500 eggs a day (close to her weight).
In winter, bees don’t defecate in the hive, instead, on warm sunny days, bees will take a short “cleansing flight” to void their rectums.
Worker bees are sterile females; they spend the first half of their life doing housekeeping (cleaning, nursing, feeding/tending the queen, processing pollen etc.) and the second half doing field work (collecting pollen, water etc.). Girls rock!
If you have a hive and need any assistance, please contact Dr. Rebeccah Stewart at the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic, she is more than happy to be your bee doctor!
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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 in your vehicle 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
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic