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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)

    ENTER TODAY:    

Dental Health Month

Stress Free Veterinary Visits With Your Dog

By Dogs, Stress free Veterinary visits for dogs, Veterinary Exams

My name is Kim and I have been an Animal Health Technician (AHT) at Royal York Animal Hospital since 2001.  I am also very involved and passionate about dog training. Nine years ago I started flyball with my now 10 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, “Jasmine” and then  “Zip” my 7 year old Whippet Mix.  Jasmine and I also dabbled in agility and now that has turned into an obsession for me with my youngest dog, “Switch” a Border Collie mix.  Also at my  home and usually on the couch is Casey, a 12 year old Lab mix breed rescue.  I have had many struggles with my current and past dogs and it has fueled my desire to learn as much as I can about dog training and behaviour as well as the fact that I have found that dog training is just plain fun!



I wanted to write a blog about the stresses of bringing your dog to the veterinary hospital.  This may seem such an ordinary thing on the one hand but it can be stressful for more  dogs than you think.  As a technician, I see it every single day I am at work!  While some dogs come racing through the front door and are excited to say hello to everyone, there are almost as many that are a little less enthusiastic and some are even fearful. Not every dog thinks that coming to the vets is a fun experience.

The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent or decrease stressful veterinary visits for both you and your dog.  Ideally you can start  preparing when your dog is a puppy but it is never too late.



Tips to prepare your dog for a less stressful to the veterinary hospital:

1. Come by the veterinary hospital for a “visit”

Just drop in to say hello when your dog doesn’t need to see the veterinarian.  Have you dog sit on the weigh scale for some favorite treats, have a visit with some of the hospital staff and then go on your way to the park.

2. Practice “physical examinations” at home

Have your dog sit quietly and then gently lift his ear flap, look in the mouth, pick up a paw, run your hands along the entire body and legs.  Use some tasty treats and make it a fun game.

3. Get them comfortable with crates/kennels

The reality is that most dogs at some point in their lives will have to be admitted to the hospital even if it is for a short period of time.  Their visits can be much less stressful if they are comfortable in a crate or kennel.  Having a dog that is relaxed and comfortable in a crate also makes housetraining much easier and keeps your pet safer when travelling in the car.  As a technician I can tell you how heartbreaking it is to see a really sick dog who must be hospitalized and needs to be in a hospital kennel for treatment but is so completely stressed out just from being in the kennel.  Conversely, dogs that are comfortable in kennels have a much easier time adapting to the added stress of hospitalization and treatment.

Train your dog to be comfortable in a crate.

4.  Desentitization

Desensitizing and reduce your dog’s fear of the vet.

Waiting room etiquette:



  • EVERY dog should be leashed while in the WAITING ROOM from the bouncy  puppy looking for friends to the experienced, award- winning obedience dog.   Often other people’s dogs are part of the stress factor for your own dog or vice versa.
  • A veterinary hospital is not the place to socialize  dogs.  Many pets are already stressed and as a result may be fearful & irritable.  Some are sick or injured.   Ideally we recommend a 4-6ft traditional leash and not retractable leashes which can become tangled around fingers and bodies causing harm or allowing your dog to approach others that may not be quite as interested in making friends.
  •  Please also be respectful of cats in carriers as an inquiring nose, no matter how friendly, can be terrifying to the carriers occupant.

In the exam room:

  • Once in the examination room allow your dog to sniff around and familiarize themselves with the room.
  • Stay as relaxed as you can yourself as dogs are experts at picking up on our moods and body language.  The more relaxed and upbeat you are  the less stressed your dog will be.
  • A bandana sprayed with Dog Appeasing Pheromone (D.A.P.) (ADAPTIL) can decrease anxiety in some pets.

I hope this article has been helpful and I hope to see you and your happy, relaxed dog at Royal York Animal Hospital soon!

For fun check out this link and take this quiz:

How fluent are you in dog-speak?




John with Yorki (tech student Rachel's dog)

Dog Attack……both Owner and their pet dog were bitten

By Cat vaccinations, Pet Vaccination, Uncategorized, Vaccinations, Vaccines and Exams, Veterinary Exams

Several days ago, Penny, a seven year old female Papillon, was being leash walked by her owner when out of no where, a 70lb Labrador Retriever appeared and within a few seconds had picked Penny up in his mouth and was shaking her.

Penny’s distraught owner tried to frantically pry her small dog from the Lab’s mouth, and was successful, but Penny received two puncture wounds and bruising to her lower back.  During the rescue, the owner inadvertently was also bitten by the panicked Penny.

Penny was rushed to RYAH for treatment where her wounds were shaved, cleaned and sutured and she received antibiotics and pain medication.  With her resting comfortably and her medical needs attended to, the staff then directed their attention to gathering information about the circumstances and the other dog in question.

Penny’s Rabies vaccination was up to date……but what about the Labrador that bit Penny?  Was that dog currently vaccinated??  Was Penny bitten by an unvaccinated dog and what were the risks if she had been?  Thankfully, we were able to get the contact information from the Labrador’s owner and contacted the veterinary hospital who confirmed Rabies vaccination dates.  In most bite or dog fight situation we cannot prove Rabies vaccination dates usually due to the fact that a medical emergency is being dealt with and often proper contact information is not exchanged about the dogs involved.  In the absence of information, a veterinarian has to assume that the other dog was unvaccinated and treat their patient accordingly.

When a HUMAN has suffered a dog bite there are further rules to follow.  Since Penny’s owner was bitten by her own dog, who was current on her rabies vaccination, she does not have to worry about Rabies.  However, if she had been bitten by the other dog and we had not been able to verify that the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccine it would have been a different story.

It is a veterinarian’s responsibility to advise any person who has been bitten by her own or any other dog to seek immediate medical care as a dog’s mouth is very dirty and bacteria can easily be transferred to the person causing infection.  Antibiotic therapy would likely be recommended for the person too.  The physician, in turn, is obligated to report any bites to a Public Health Officer.  A bite involving a vaccinated dog……in Penny’s case….means an in-home quarantine for about ten days with limited people contact.  A bite involving an unknown or an unvaccinated dog involves a much more involved process for both the dog (if it is ever identified) and the person who was bitten.

I am happy to report that Penny and her owner are recuperating nicely!

Dr. John


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