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Dr James Kirkham
We welcome new pets and owners to the Sea to Sky Corridor!
January 14, 2017

We’d like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to all who have recently taken up roots in the beautiful Squamish community and Sea to Sky area.


If you have recently moved with your pets and haven’t yet had the opportunity to establish a relationship with a Squamish veterinarian, we encourage you to do so. There are many reasons why having a Squamish veterinarian is important including; up to date knowledge of local disease, parasite prevalence and local wildlife hazards. As well, a veterinarian in your community can provide timely treatment for illness and emergency services. At Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital, we are always accepting new patients and would be happy to hear from you!


Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital has been well established in the Squamish community for 20 years. Our veterinarians and staff have excellent knowledge, experience and expertise to keep your pet healthy, or to restore your pet to health should it become ill.


And we do so in the most caring way! The Squamish Chief Reader’s Choice Awards, as voted by the community, awarded Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital “Best Veterinary Services”, “Friendliest Staff” and “Best Receptionist” for 2016.


GVH is also the Squamish veterinary hospital that makes every effort to be there for you and your pets when needed and/or when it is convenient for you.


· Appointments can be made on-line at 24 hours a day;

· We can arrange drop off appointments any time after 8am to be assessed by Dr. Honey or Dr. Kirkham;

· We will contact you by phone to discuss results if you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment;

· We can arrange communication by text, email, telephone, or whatever communication is most convenient and suits your schedule;

· We are open late on Wednesdays and Thursdays;

· We are open full days on Saturdays;

· We provide emergency care 24 hours per day, 7 days a week for our clients.
To all new Squamish residents – we hope you feel welcomed by this wonderful community and we hope to see you soon!


Sincerely, Dr. Tom Honey, Dr. James Kirkham, Dr. Alexandra Kirkham and staff

Dr Tom Honey
Signs of Dental Disease can be Subtle!
December 14, 2016

We have learned to never ignore a potential sign of dental disease, however subtle.


In Bobby’s case, there was more tartar on the teeth on the left side than there was on the right side of his mouth. This made me concerned that there was some painful problem on the left side that was making Bobby spare the that side of his mouth.


The teeth all looked normal on exam, even after cleaning away the tartar. However x-rays revealed extensive bone loss from an abscess around the root of one of Bobby’s molars (circled in green). This tooth had to be extracted.


Bobby is feeling much better now. His owner was very thankful to us for recommending the dental procedure which allowed us to get rid of a major source of his pain. Bobby is happier and has much more joie de vivre!


Thank you for your interest!


– Dr. Tom Honey



Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season
November 30, 2016

Happy Howl-idays!


It’s the most magical time of year again! Snow on the mountains, Christmas trees all decorated and gatherings with family and friends – all of our favourite things.

Let’s make sure our pets also enjoy a happy and safe holiday season.


Anxiety in cats
Stress in cats is more noticeable around the holidays as many “summer outdoor” cats are now indoors and having to take part in the festivities. This may result in stress, which can be manifested as inappropriate urinations, frequent trips to the litter box or blood in the urine. Try using feline pheromones such as Feliway to minimize anxiety for your indoor cats.


Note – if you are seeing signs of inappropriate urinations in your cat, be sure to call us at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital to rule out the possibility of a life-threatening urinary blockage.


Christmas decorations
Beautiful Christmas decorations can also be hazardous to pets. Cats love to play with tinsel, but if swallowed, it can cause a life threatening linear foreign body, requiring surgery to remove. Holiday lights mean extension cords lying on the floors. Dogs (and some cats) like to chew on these and risk electrocution. If you notice your pet interested in electrical cords, call us at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital  – we have tips and tricks to keep them safe.


Christmas treats
Christmas dainties and goodies are one of our favourite parts of the holidays; however, they are usually not safe for our pets to eat. Consumption of high fatty foods like nuts, turkey/turkey fat and ham/ham fat can cause the pancreas to become inflamed (causing a pancreatitis) and result in a sick vomiting dog with diarrhea. Many Christmas treats are toxic to dogs and cats. Raisins, macadamia nuts and chocolate can all be life threatening if eaten by dogs or cats.


CLICK HERE to search articles on holiday safety, including
Holiday Toxins for Pets
Household Hazards – Holiday Safety Tips for Cat Owners


Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about holiday safety for your pets. We hope you enjoy this festive season and have a fun and safe Christmas!


Best wishes from all of us at GVH

Dr Tom Honey
Parvovirus Outbreak
October 25, 2016

There have been a number of cases of Parvovirus among dogs in Squamish recently.


This potentially deadly disease is one of the diseases that we vaccinate for.


Parvovirus is extremely contagious. It can be transmitted from dog to dog by direct contact, contact with feces or even indirect contact with objects or an environment contaminated by an infected dog’s feces. The virus is very hardy and can persist on inanimate objects such as food bowls, carpeting, shoes or floors for several months!! (navigate to this link for more information about Parvovirus)


If your dog seems lethargic, is off its food, has diarrhea or is vomiting, contact us right away. These signs could be telling us your dog has Parvovirus. The earlier that treatment is started, the better the chance of a successful outcome.


Vaccination is the best tool we have for protecting dogs from Parvovirus. If your dog is not current for Parvovirus vaccination (or if you are not sure) contact us right away. We will schedule a time to get your pets’ vaccine current.


Also, make sure your pet has no opportunity to come in contact with other dog’s stool or with dogs who are ill.


Please be in touch if you have any questions!


Dr. Tom Honey and everyone at GVH.

Dr Tom Honey
GVH Staff voted Friendliest in Squamish!
January 27, 2016

I was so pleased when our staff  were selected “Friendliest Staff” in the Chief Readers Choice Awards.


The friendly appearance that each and every one of the staff projects is completely genuine and not just for the public eye. This caring and compassionate attitude extends  to every aspect of patient care anywhere in the hospital and also applies to how we treat each other.


All of the staff are first extremely competent but also unswervingly friendly, caring and compassionate.


Congratulations and Kudos to Aliesha, Lara, Michelle, Tracy, Laura and Emiesha. You all are really amazing at what you do and a pleasure to work with.


Sincerely, Dr. Honey

Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital