Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Losing one of our pets can be extremely stressful, scary and sad. We go to great lengths to find our pet and reunite with them. If this unfortunate event should happen, there are ways we can make the process a little less stressful and these involve proper identification. The most obvious is a collar with an ID tag that is easy to read and has the dog’s name and a contact phone number. This is often the most efficient method, but it is not permanent, especially if your pet is separated from the collar i.e. by slipping out of it. We offer two options for permanent pet identification at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic. 1: An ear tattoo; 2: A microchip. Both of these forms are unique to your pet and will help in reuniting you with your pet in case they are found.
The microchip we offer is an ISO standard which means it is internationally recognized and can be scanned with ISO scanners globally. The information contained in the microchip is a set of numbers that is linked with a profile that will be used to contact you in case your pet is found. ISO microchips are also often required when exporting your pet if you are vacationing or moving to a foreign country. Microchips are available without an anesthetic as they are implanted by a simple injection under the skin. If you move or change your contact information or if your pet is rehomed, you must update this information with the microchip registry. Kamloops Veterinary Clinic uses the Eidap Registry.
Why Is it a good idea to tattoo my dog?
The ear tattoo is a unique series of letters and numbers that connect your pet to the facility where he or she was tattooed and then to you as the owner. The tattoo is most easily used provincially as each province and country uses their own system to identify an animal. A tattoo requires an anesthetic, as it is both painful and needs to be legible. If you move or change your contact information or if your pet is rehomed, you must update this information with the veterinary clinic that did the tattoo.
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 July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
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