Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reunited....and it feels so good

Micro-chipping saves lives.....and reunites families

After months of missing their lovely cat "Priscilla", a very happy reunion took place here at Royal City Animal Hospital.

A family in Rockwood, Ontario found her hanging around their house, and had been feeding her and caring for her as a 'neighbourhood stray' hoping she would find her way home. After weeks of caring for her, they brought her to our clinic so we could scan her to see if she is micro-chipped. The scan was successful.

Priscilla's family live in Ariss, Ontario and somehow she escaped on them. How she made it from her home in Ariss to Rockwood, we will never know, but because she was micro-chipped, we were able to contact the microchip company and find her owner. A couple of phone calls was all it took to find the owner and inform them that their beloved cat was found, and safe.

If her owner's had not had the wisdom to microchip her, this reunion would never have taken place and who knows what kind of life Priscilla would have had.
From Ariss to Rockwood is a long walk

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nikki's Day at the Dentist

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what is involved in a dental cleaning for your pet?
This video takes you through the process of a complete dental cleaning and dental surgery - step by step.

If you have any questions about your pet's oral health care, contact your veterinary team for a complete assessment. They will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Your pet will thank you for it.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Pet Care University -Science of Nutrition

Come join us at Royal City Animal Hospital on Saturday March 24th for our next class in our "Pet Care University" series.

"The Science of Nutrition"

Our guest speaker is Heather Lowe, AHT, MBA.
Some of the topics she will be covering include: 
  • What is the difference between grocery store, pet store and Veterinary exclusive diets?
  • Quality of ingredients, Nutrients vs. ingredients.
  • If I can't compare food based on the label, how do I decide what is best for my pet?
  • The Cost of pet food:  Cost per bag vs. Cost per Day feeding
  • Raw food diets - are they good for your pet?
  • Organic, holistic, and all natural diets: are they better or safer to feed your pet or just buzzwords?
  • Should the first ingredient in the diet be meat?
  • I have heard I should stay away from foods with this true?
  • My Dog or Cat is a 'fussy eater' - he doesn't like anything else.
  • What about people food - my dog loves eating my left overs
  • I heard dry food is good for their teeth - so I don't feed canned. Is this true?
  • Bones - are they good for my dog's teeth?
  • What kind of Treats are good for my pet?
  • How much is too much? - obesity prevention and treatment

If you have any other questions about pet nutrition, please bring them along with you.
Your veterinarian is always the best source for information on Your pet's Specific nutritional requirements.

Class is free to all who attend, however space is limited so please register to reserve your seat.


Sunday, March 04, 2012

Guelph Trails and Parks

Going for a long hike with your dog is an excellent way for both you and your dog to get exercise.

Just a few friends enjoying Starkey Hill
 People regularly ask us where in Guelph they can take their dogs for a nice hike. Guelph is such a beautiful city with many parks and trails to enjoy, and we don't always know all the good spots to go. Here is a blog where the author has taken the time to not only identify many of the great trails and parks, but also map them out for you, and post photographs showing the beauty and splendor of each. 

The City of Guelph also has a listing of all of the leash free zones you and your dog can enjoy in one of the city's many beautiful parks. 

Always be mindful of other users of these recreational areas by picking up after your dog, keep your dog under control, and avoid conflicts with other people and dogs.