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The Advantages of A Multi-Vet Veterinary Hospital in Etobicoke

By Dog Teeth Cleaning, Pet Boarding, Pet Grooming, Pet Safety, Pet Treatment, Pet Vaccination, Toronto Cats, Toronto Dogs, Toronto Pet

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You may think that a small veterinary practice with one veterinarian and few staff will be able provide more personal care for you and your pet. THINK AGAIN.

Royal York Animal Hospital - Etobicoke Vet Hospital

1.At Royal York Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, we encourage you to see ONE Veterinarian for CHECKUPS, VACCINATIONS and any other WELL PROCEDURES. We recognize that it is important to have a trusting relationship and your pet to bond with an individual doctor. (we can help you choose the best fit). This veterinarian is your “ Pet’s family doctor”. It is simple to book all your appointments with this veterinarian and there is lots of choice of times as all our veterinarians work varying shifts to allow morning, afternoon, evening or weekend choices.
Pet exams in Etobicoke

2. EXTENDED VETERINARY HOURS mean that WE ARE HERE WHEN YOU NEED US.  It isthe most stressful for you when your pet is ill or injured. We are open seven days a week (Monday to Friday 7am -9pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5pm) Over a decade ago, we gave careful consideration to extending our hours. Our clients simply wanted us to be there when their pets were sick and injured. We wanted that too. In the year 2000 we built and moved into our new state of the art hospital (which is located behind where the old building was). We are fully staffed and open every day except statutory holidays. Longer hours require more staff to fill those hours!

3. WE KNOW YOUR PET no matter when you bring him in. If you pet is ill or injured you can be bring your pet to a familiar hospital where all your pet’s medical records are at our staff’s fingertips. The staff will recognize and welcome you and your pet will be less traumatized……even if it is Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening or 7am on Monday morning. We have been told that it is extremely comforting when a pet is ill to see a familiar face and to know that treatment and care is seamless between doctors and staff.

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4. NEED A SECOND OPINION FROM A VET? Two (or three!) heads are better than one. Our Etobicoke veterinarians and technicians are always eager to lend a hand to each other and to offer advice to benefit the pets in our care. Each day during “rounds” the doctors discuss the plan of each hospitalized patient in our care with the other doctors. Pet x-rays, blood work and all diagnostics are reviewed and discussed. The original treatment plan is  agreed to by all or amended after the discussion. We believe that this communal approach to medicine offers your pet the very best in veterinary care and keeps our veterinarians learning and sharing with each other all the time.

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5. EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF. We recognize all our clients lead busy lives. That is why we “PROVIDE ALL THE SERVICES YOU NEED FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR PET

6. Boarding and Professional Grooming for dogs and cats available 7 days a week.

We are Your Veterinary Medical Health Care Team!

Going on Vacation and Leaving Fido or Fluffy at Home? Here are some tips worth considering:

By Pet Boarding, Toronto Cats, Toronto Dogs, Toronto Pet

It has been a long, cold winter in Toronto and it seems like everyone is planning an “escape” either to somewhere warm for a week or two or further north for more fun in the snow.  Whatever your plans, it is always a major consideration to decide if your pet can coming along or staying behind in someone else’s care.

I am a veterinarian, an avid traveler and a pet owner so I hope I can offer a unique perspective and also some practical advice.

If you have decided to bring your pet along very thoughtful consideration needs to be given to where you are going, the purpose of your trip (i.e. visiting friends as opposed to sightseeing),  where your pet will be when you are not with him and your accommodations.   Many times I hear from pet owners who have not thought this through thoroughly and the vacation ends up being very stressful for the pet and not very enjoyable for the owner.  However, if proper consideration has been given, traveling with your pet can be an amazing experience.   I have found that this website, , is a very good resource when planning a trip with my Labrador Retriever, Sam.

For many vacation destinations bringing your pet along is not an option.  So what do you need to consider you are leaving your pet at home? 

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It is important to make arrangements well in advance to make sure that your pet has a safe and comfortable place to stay.

Should your pet  stay with a friend or a family member, a pet sitter or a boarding facility in Etobicoke?

When Hiring A Pet Sitter:

It is important to ask other pet owners or your veterinary hospital for recommendations. I would recommend that you meet the pet sitter in advance and call several references.  Make sure you leave your contact information, hotel phone number, veterinarian phone number and closest veterinary emergency number and specific instructions as to what you want the sitter to do in an emergency.   Make sure your pet has enough of his own food and medication to last until you are back.

Pet Boarding in Etobicoke

When leaving your pet in a boarding facility  Again, ask us for recommendations.  Remember that different boarding facilities cater to different types of pets.  If you have a large, young dog that requires lots of exersize and socialization she has different requirements than a small (or large) elderly pet who has several medical conditions, requires daily medication and prefers lazy afternoons in his bed.  Ask lots of questions.

Royal York Animal Hospital has separate boarding facilities for both Dogs and Cats.  We are pleased to offer tours of our  veterinary hospital facilities at any time.   We also have three full time Animal Care Attendants who are dedicated to caring for our Boarding Pets only.   RYAH has facilities and can accommodate all sizes of dogs.  A discussion of your pet’s individual needs would help us determine if our facilities were a good fit for your pet.

What to look for when you tour a boarding facility:

  • Cleanliness
  • Size of cages and runs, is there enough space to move around?


  • Ask how often your dog go  ” out”
  • Is there a play time or one on one time?  How will your pet be exercised?
  • Observe how the staff interacts with pets already in their care
  • What will your pet eat, can you bring your own food?


Interaction with Other Dogs (or cats)

Pet owners like the idea of pets interacting and being social with each other (especially dogs).  It sounds like fun and maybe makes you feel a little less guilty leaving him for fun in the sun.


Many dogs do NOT like this environment and find it very stressful.  We  also have seen many injuries as the result of poor supervision and it can be risky psychologically and physically.  If you choose this type of care you must ensure that the pets are always supervised when interacting.

Make sure you clearly understand what happens if dog becomes sick or injured.

The bottom line is that there are many type of boarding facilities and which one is best for your dog depends on YOUR dog.  In my opinion, generally young, friendly, larger dogs do best in a kennel free facility where they can play and interact with other dogs.  Older, sick, smaller, shy or nervous dogs do best at  veterinary boarding facilities, so that proper attention can be given if necessary.

Special considerations for CATS to REDUCE STRESS in a Boarding Facility:

  •  The # 1 question to ask (and to make sure you SEE)  Are they separate from the dogs?  Loud and insistent barking can be very stressful for our feline friends.
  • Is there enough space in the kennel for food and water to be away from litter box?  RYAH has wonderful cat condos that provide a separate area for sleeping, eating and the litter box.
  • Do cats get a play time or socialization time?
Cat Condos at Royal York Animal Hospital

Cat Condos at Royal York Animal Hospital


Kitty Condos allow cats to access multiple cages through "port holes"

Kitty Condos allow cats to access multiple cages through “port holes”


Once you have chosen the boarding facility make sure you make the reservation as well in advance as possible. If you wait too long, the facility may become fully booked and then you will have to start the process again which may result in more stress for you as your vacation has now been planned and possibly not the most ideal place for your pet.

What to bring and what not to bring:

  • Bring your own food & medications (in their original containers)
  • Special Toy or blanket
  • Write out any special instructions
  • Do not bring items that you absolutely need to get back, as they could become lost or damaged. Bear in mind that many facilities limit personal items for this reason.
  • Make sure the boarding facility has contact numbers for you on your trip, plus local emergency contacts in case you cannot be reached.  ASK QUESTIONS.

What to remember to do when on the day you are admitting your pet to a Boarding Facility:

  • Allow some time when you arrive to go over details
  • Remind the staff about any medical or behavior problems your pet has, such as a history of epilepsy or fear of thunder.  This is often the biggest mistake pet owner’s make.  Many leave taking their pet to the boarding facility to the last possible minute which causes owners to be in a major hurry to catch a plane or get on their way.  This results in miscommunications, forgotten items/instructions and incorrect contact information.
  • After the check-in process,  say good-bye to your pet and leave. Avoid long, emotional partings, which may upset your pet!
  • You should feel comfortable calling the facility at any time for an update on how your pet is doing while you are away.

We are proud of our pet boarding facilities at Royal York Animal Hospital and are happy to accommodate a personal tour at any time for you to see our Dog boarding area and our Kitty condos!

Happy Travels!

Dr. Luisa Alvarez

Sam in Boston!

Sam in Boston!


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Guidelines and Conditions for the Dental Health Month Essay Contest

By Dog Teeth Cleaning, Pet Teeth Cleaning, Toronto Cats, Toronto Dogs, Uncategorized, Veterinary Exams

Royal York Animal Hospital Dental Health ESSAY contest February 2015

GRAND PRIZE:  $500 off your Pet’s dental surgery! 


ALL qualified entries will receive 5% off all Dental Surgery, procedures and Products for the month of February 2015.


SUBMIT A 500 WORD ESSAY by EMAIL answering the following questions:




Guidelines, Conditions and Rules:

  •  Essays must be submitted by EMAIL to  by January 31, 2015
  • Essays should be approximately 500 words 
  • Include a photo of your pet
  • Essays will be evaluated for CONTENT (and to make sure they answer the question)  and then entered into a DRAW
  • Disqualification may occur if the question is not answered in good faith
  • The Draw will take place on February 1 and the winner will be contacted by Telephone or email
  • The winning pet must be deemed healthy (by RYAH veterinarians) and up to date on any and all routine health procedures including recommended vaccinations
  • All pets must be examined and deemed healthy, by one of RYAH’s veterinarians, prior to dental surgery being scheduled.
  • All pre-operative recommended diagnostics need to be complete before dental surgery
  • Some pets may not qualify due to previous medical conditions
  • Prize money only applies to Dental procedures and cannot be exchanged for other veterinary services
  • Prize money does not apply to pre-operative diagnostics
  • Permission must be given to use your story (pet name only) and photo on Social media and marketing material
  • The prize must be claimed by March 31, 2015
  • ALL entries will receive 5% off Dental Surgery and products for the month of February 2015

(Disclaimer: This contest is not intended to solicit new clients)

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