Sunday, August 28, 2011

Charity Dog Wash - Huge Success

Our Annual Charity Dog Wash was held Sunday August 28th, 2011. The proceeds of this dog wash will be going to the the Veterinarians Without Borders and their World Rabies Day fundraising campaign.

We were extremely busy......but had a lot of fun....Take a look at this photo album to see some of the fun.

We had many wonderful visitors who came by to support this very worthy cause....and we would like to thank each and every one of them.

Also...a big thank you to all of our suppliers who donated many amazing prizes that helped to make the day a huge success.

The Final Tally is not in yet, but it looks like we made over $1000 to help support Veterinarians Without Borders. 
If you wish to make a contribution to help rid the world of Rabies: click one of these links to donate today

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Here's a story....of 3 lovely ladies....

Let us introduce you to 3 beautiful little girls who are looking for their 'forever homes'.

Marcia, Jan and Cindy....They are 3 ladies who's mother was abandoned at a farm and were brought to Royal City Animal Hospital by a very caring staff member. They had 3 brothers (Greg, Peter and Bobby) who all found good homes. These ladies would like their chance to show someone how cute and adorable they are and what wonderful companions they would make.

Take a peek at this video if you want your heart to melt......

Cindy: born April 25, 2011. She is "the tiny terror". She may be small but stay out of her way when the food bowl gets filled.

Jan: Born April 11, 2011: "the playful one". If you leave it around, she will play with it.

Marcia: Born: April 18, 2011. "The Social Butterfly". She has no fear, she will even run up to a dog and say "Hi, wanna snuggle?"
To inquire about adopting one of these Martha at 519-763-4992 or send her an email:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thinking of Getting a Pet?

If you and your family are ready to get a pet why not check out the wonderful dogs and cats that are up for adoption at your local humane society.

Our local shelter has an abundance of great animals that are looking for someone to love them and provide them with a good home where they can be properly cared for.

Why not stop on by and check them out at the Guelph Humane Society.

Just a few of the animals currently up for adoption at the Guelph Humane Society

New Groomer: Jenny Treutlein

Introducing.........Jenny Treutlein
Royal City Grooming Centre’s newest groomer

Jenny started grooming about 7 years ago, after a career in geology and being a perpetual student failed to provide her with the satisfaction she sought. Her love of animals is something that has been with her since early childhood and one day she realized the calling was too strong.

So, giving up on her PhD she decided to pursue her real passion of working with animals. She took a job as a kennel technician/veterinary assistant with a veterinary clinic in town and she knew she made the right choice. While she worked she would watch the groomer perform her magic on many of the dogs and she discovered she had a new interest. She started as an assistant for the groomer doing bathing, brushing, rough cuts and more. While working there, she took a professional groomer course with Super Pet. After 2 years of hard work and dedication she passed her grooming exams with flying colours and was offered her first professional grooming job with the same groomer she had been an assistant to.

She has been a full time dog groomer for over 7 years now and has loved every minute of it.

She brings with her a love of her job, enthusiasm for what she does and a passion for animal welfare. She couldn’t be more excited to be joining Pam and working for a grooming centre with a superb reputation for quality of work, top-notch patient care and customer satisfaction

Welcome Jenny to our little family.
Her first day is Tuesday August 23rd – book your appointment now.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome Dr Jonathan Uyede to our Staff

Introducing our new Veterinarian
Dr Jonathan Uyede

Dr. Uyede graduated from the OVC in 2006 and spent a year in Ottawa doing general practice before returning to his hometown of Guelph.  For the past 4.5 years, Dr. Uyede has been practicing emergency medicine in Hamilton and Oakville while still doing some general practice work all over Southwestern Ontario.  He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and loves getting to know client's and their beloved companions.  When not working, Dr. Uyede can be found competing in triathlons in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.  He currently lives in Cambridge with his wife, 2 cats and 2 dogs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How much are you really feeding your pet?

When it comes to feeding our pets - what we use to measure the amount we feed can greatly affect our pets' waistline more than we realize.
The feeding guidelines on the bag or the amount suggested by your veterinary staff are based on a standard 8 oz  measuring cup. When you use a coffee mug, yogurt container, lid from another container or some other scooping device you alter the amount of nutrition and calories you are feeding fluffy or fido and affecting their health.
It is so easy to overfeed your pet and unwittingly contribute to excess weight and obesity.
Ask your veterinary team about how much food to feed your particular pet as all diets are not created equally.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What makes Cooper so special?

 A recent DNA test was conducted to uncover what this mixed breed dog is comprised of.

The results are in and there are 3 primary breeds, and 5 other less dominant breeds that make Cooper so unique.

Take your best guess at what makes our buddy Cooper the special boy that he is.

The winner will be announced at the end of the month and the results of his DNA Wisdom Panel test will be revealed.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Is your dog or cat on Flea Prevention?

If your dog is coming into the grooming centre or for a stay in the boarding facility, for the concern of our other guests it is required that your pet be on an approved flea prevention medication.

Revolution, Sentinel, Program, Advantage and Advantage Multi are all accepted flea prevention medications.

If your pet is not getting a regular flea medication we will be dispensing medication at the time of the visit.
If you have any questions about flea control products, please do not hesitate to speak to your veterinarian or veterinary technician about appropriate products.

Be sure to check out this article for more information on Flea Control for your pets.

Running with your dog;

Spring and summer bring about great weather and we'll often see people running and biking with their canine companions.  Although exercise is very beneficial (for both owners and pets alike), there are some important considerations to be taken into account before hitting the pavement.  Due to body conformation with short legs and long bodies, certain breeds (Corgi's, Daschunds, basset hounds, etc) aren't designed for running long distances and are better off going for walks.  Others such as pugs, boston terriers and bulldogs can have difficulty breathing properly due to their short snouts and may have a more difficult time exchanging enough oxygen to keep up with a running pace.  Make sure to pay close attention to your pup and if you notice that they're lagging behind or seem out of breath, it's time to stop.  If your pet has been diagnosed with any sort of condition, make sure you check with the veterinarian to ensure it's still safe to go running or biking.  Enjoy the great weather.

Friday, August 05, 2011

CHARGE!! The Adventures of Toolie

Katherine is looking after our neighbour's Rhodesian Ridgeback dog for a few days.  Toolie is a sweet old girl with a very distinguished grey muzzle.  She's mostly content to lie out in the sun but unfortunately, she has not taken well to being transferred from our neighbour's house to ours and as a result she paces at night and whimpers in a most pathetic fashion.  Now I must explain, that although Ridgebacks don't often move quickly, they are BIG dogs - Toolie is around 100 pounds.  She may be elderly but she still packs a punch! She loves to lie in our back yard with Teya and soak up the rays; I check on them every few minutes but at one point yesterday couldn't see Toolie.  Now, our yard is not big and there are only so many hiding places.  No Toolie, but I did find she had scratched the lattice work (the weakest part of the fence) and had managed to make a hole big enough to crawl through.  OK, I thought, this isn't too bad because she'll be in our other neighbour's yard.  No Toolie there either, but I found 3 broken fence rails and some crushed bushes. (By the way, this particular neighbour is NOT fond of dogs!)  We are close to Edinburgh Road, so I was frantic (usually it is Teya who does this sort of thing!).  Checked the front porch of Toolie's own house, and there she was, patiently waiting to be let in.  Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. " HOME SWEET HOME" she whimpered!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Indoor Cats Need Attention too.....

Recently Dr Uyede was thinking about all the times he (and other veterinarians) have heard "my cat stays indoors and is very healthy"...and that inspired him to write this little post about indoor cats.

Although indoor cats are less likely to be exposed to the same risks that an outdoor cat would, this does not mean that they are exempt from developing any health problems. Often we will see a kitten for their initial vaccination series, but then not see them again until several years later when they become ill. To equate this in human terms, this would be similar to a child seeing their doctor when they are young, but not again until they are in their 60's or 70's and quite possibly having been sick for some time. Cats, as a prey species, are a master of disguise and often won't show any clinical signs until the disease is fairly advanced. Annual Health exams can help pick up these subtle clues leading to early disease detection saving you money in the long run, and allowing your furry companion to lead a long and healthy life.

If you have any concerns about your pets health care, or if your 'indoor' cat has not been to see a veterinarian in some time, please call to schedule an appointment so that we can help co-ordinate a plan for your cat.
Rita enjoying some rays.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Kittens up for adoption

Marcia, Jan and Cindy -3 young ladies all looking for their Forever homes.
If you, or someone you know would be interested in providing one of these lovely ladies with a good home, please come by the clinic and visit. 
Speak to Martha about the adoption process by calling her (519) 763-4992, or send her an email and she will be happy to help you.