February is "National Pet Health Dental Month"
Dental disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it is completely preventable! February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but since it is such an important topic and because it was a huge success last year we are extending it into March! Now is the perfect time to call and schedule a dental exam for our furry family members.
Have you ever gotten a sniff of your dog or cat's breath and wrinkled up your nose?
Dental care is not just about being minty fresh and having pearly whites. Red gums, yellow teeth and stinky breath are all indicators of dental disease. Did you know that dental disease doesn't just damage your pet's teeth and gums? Left untreated, dental disease can also affect your pet's internal organs as well. All too often, oral care is something that is overlooked with our furry friends. Maybe its because your cat is less than compliant. Or maybe you already have enough two legged teeth to brush in the household. But imagine how your mouth would feel, taste, smell and look if you NEVER brushed your teeth!
Check out these exciting offers!
50% Off Dental Exams
At the Animal Hospital of River Oaks we are passionate about dental care. We have an arsenal of tips, tricks and products to help keep your pet's looking and feeling their best. There is more to dental care than a full teeth cleaning, in this consult will create a personalized dental care plan for your pet.
20% off Dental Cleanings
10% off all Senior Blood Profiles
Offer expires: 03/15/2017 Some restrictions apply
Call the hospital at 905-338-6257 and take the first step towards dental vitality! Let us work with you to give your furry friend the excellent oral health they deserve.
Happy National Squirrel Appreciation and Hugging Day
SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY
Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed annually on January 21. The creator, Christy Hargrove, is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina and is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center. According to Christy, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group — anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels to learning something new about the species.”
According to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System of North America (ITIS), there are over 200 species of squirrels. Some of the oldest squirrels categorized on the list are the nocturnal arrow flying squirrel (validated in 1766) and the Black Giant (validated in 1778). Of all these species, they fall into three types.
Ground squirrels, such as the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, the rock squirrel, California ground squirrel and many others blanket the prairies and deserts of North America. Often causing damage, they can be considered pests, and they are labeled rodents. Predators enjoy them as a tasty morsel, too. As a result, they work together to protect themselves. Their only protection is to flee!
Tree squirrels make their homes in the trees but also find their nesting materials and food both on the ground and above. Making their homes in cities and the countryside in nations all around the globe, these familiar backyard and park residents will make themselves right at home in your birdfeeders or snag your snack right from your hands if they have become practiced enough!
The third type of squirrel leaps farther than the others with flaps of skin between the legs. Flying squirrels glide greater distances giving the impression they can fly. When they leap from tree to tree or building to building, they spread their legs wide and float on the breeze escaping predators or perhaps other snarky tree squirrels with a nut to pick with them.
NATIONAL HUGGING DAY
National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday. The purpose of the day is to help everyone show more emotion in public. There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday, offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want. While National Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign share many similarities, there is not an association between the two. Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same.
Puppy it's COLD outside!
We all know that exercise and the mental stimulation being outdoors play are key to keeping our dogs healthy and happy, but what should we do when it’s cold outside? When do the risks of spending time in the cold outweigh the benefits of being outdoors? Let’s take a look at the dangers associated with winter weather and how we can still safely enjoy the great outdoors with our dogs during wintertime.
All Dogs Aren’t Created Equal
Dogs are individuals. An outdoor temperature that feels downright balmy to one dog might send another in search of shelter. What are some of the variables that affect how dogs respond to the cold?
Coat type – Dogs with thick, double-layered coats tend to be the most cold-tolerant (think Siberian Huskies, Newfoundlands or Samoyeds). In most cases, these breeds have been developed in Northern climates and may also have other anatomical, physiological or behavioral attributes that allow them to thrive when it’s frigid. On the other hand, dogs who have exceptionally thin coats (e.g., Greyhounds and Xoloitzcuintli) suffer the most in cold weather.
Coat color – On a clear day, black, brown, or other dark-coated dogs can absorb significant amounts of heat from sunlight, keeping them warmer in comparison to their light-coated brethren.
Size – Small dogs have a larger surface area to volume ratio. In other words, the smaller dogs are the more skin they have (in relation to their “insides”) through which to lose heat. Therefore, small dogs get colder more readily than do large dogs … all other things being equal.
Weight – Body fat is a good insulator. Thinner dogs tend to get colder quicker than do their heftier counterparts. That said, the health risks of being overweight far outweigh any benefits, so don’t fatten up your dogs during the winter months in a misguided attempt to protect them from the cold.
Conditioning – We’ve all experienced this one. Fifty degrees feels quite chilly in October, but after a long, cold winter, a fifty degree day in April can make us break out the shorts and t-shirts. Dogs who are used to cold temperatures handle them much better than do pets who aren’t.
Age and Health – The very young, the very old, and the sick are not as able to regulate their body temperatures in comparison to healthy dogs in the prime of their lives, and they therefore need greater protection from the cold.
All Temperatures Aren’t Created Equal
The temperature as it registers on a thermometer isn’t the only environmental factor that affects how dogs feel the cold.
Wind chill – A brisk breeze can quickly cut through a dog’s coat and greatly decreases its ability to insulate and protect against cold temperatures.
Dampness – Rain, wet snow, heavy fog, going for a swim … any form of dampness that soaks through the fur can quickly chill a dog even if the air temperature is not all that cold.
Cloud cover – Cloudy days tend to feel colder than do sunny days since dogs can’t soak up the sun and warm themselves.
Activity – If dogs are going to be very active while outside, they may generate enough extra body heat to keep them comfortable even if the temperature is quite low.
Cold Temperature Guidelines for Dogs
In general, cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45° F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32° F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being. Once temperatures drop under 20° F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.
Thank you for the generous donations for "Food For Life"
The Animal Hospital of River Oaks staff want to thank everyone that donated non-perishable items during our "12 Furry Days of Christmas Celebrations". Our donations went to helping out people in our community. The non-perishable items were sent to "FOOD FOR LIFE" food bank which runs year round helping the less fortunate. We also want to send a big hug and thank you to some special clients of ours. The "Pellowe Family" who donate their time all year round to the food bank! We look forward to continue helping our community!
Wishing all of our River Oaks' Families a Happy & Safe New Years! Bringing health and happiness to all your families in 2019!
CONGRATULATION TO OUR 12 FURRY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WINNERS
All we can say is "WOW"! Our annual "12 Furry Days of Christmas Celebrations" was a huge success. With over 260 entries we want to thank everyone who participated and shared the holiday spirit with all of us at the Animal Hospital of River Oaks! A huge thank you to the following reps for sponsoring our event and making our prize baskets outstanding this year. We could not have pulled this off without them! (Sean from Rayne, Megan from Royal Canine, Erica from Hills, Pam from Boehringer, Veronique from Zoetis, Stephanie from Purina and finally Sarah from Vetoquinol)
And what everyone has been waiting for....The WINNER LIST is as followed:
1) Revolution Travel Prize Pack - Romeo Long
2) Canine Tiny Dog Prize Pack - Niko Milicevic
3) Canine Small Dog Prize Pack - Moose Baird
- Bentley Pfeiffer
4) Vetoquinol Pamper Pack - Callie Penman
5) Canine Rayne Snack Pack - Shiloh/Misty Geertsen
- Maxi Seychuk
6) Feline Prize Pack - Stefan Smeyers
- Sadi McFarland
7) Canine Medium Dog Prize Pack - Marty Watt
8) Canine Medium/Large Dog Prize Pack - Honey Clark
9) Canine large/x-large Dog Prize Pack - Muffin Coffrey
10) Feline Stocking - O.J, MacIntosh
- Chloe Mittelsteat
- Georgie Leslie
11) RC Feline Satiety Prize Pack - Axel & Sica Kiesewetter
12) Hills Canine Metabolic Prize Pack - Molly Ryan
- Molly Eyles
13) Canine Large Dog Regular Prize Pack - Moose Howard
Please remember that the hospital hours will be slightly different over the holiday season so please look at our website www.riveroaksveterinary.ca or our facebook page to see those up-dated dates & times!
I'm so pleased to review Dr. Mac & Dr. Gold. We've been clients of the clinic for close to 30 years and have had wonderful care in all those years. There have been routine exams, surgeries, visits just to get the dogs used to going to a vet and end-of-life care. Our experiences have always been compassionate, educational and never rushed. Now we have had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Mac into the clinic family. First, we had a new rescue that is only comfortable around women and luckily Dr. Mac started that day. It worked out so well. Then our black lab was experiencing awful allergies. He was one itchy dog. After a while of seeing Dr. Mac she has got him virtually itch-free and one happy puppy-like nine-year-old dog!! Recently he had developed a large haematoma on his ear and she did such precision surgery that his ear has healed beautifully and you'd never know he'd had a problem. The office staff deserves a shout-out too for their professional care and fun-loving nature. It's a down-to-earth environment with real people who really care.
You will find no better care -- from anyone -- than from Dr. Gold. He listens and learns. He prepares for your appointment by looking back on his notes from your pet's case history. He gives you all the time you need, which means you may have to wait a bit. The wait is well worth it; it's because he's giving the superb care you will receive. Today was his day off, and he came in from his holiday to give me the great gift of seeing my dog safely home, after a take-all-the-time-you-need consultation and thorough review of all options. He could have made a lot of money today, instead, he just helped me. After three pets, cradle to grave, I could have no more respect for any practitioner. I am so grateful for his care over 34 years.
a month ago-
Always going over and beyond for our dog. Best Vetsbin town! Highly recommend!
6 months ago-
We have taken our pets to several clinics over the years. Unfortunately one of our fur babies has developed a seizure disorder, so I looked at ratings just like these to find the best place to bring him. Dr. Mac is kind, compassionate, and understanding. She is well informed and has been calling to check up on him and work with us to find an optimal dosage of medication for Steve. I would recommend this practice to anyone looking for excellent care.
3 months ago-
Moved to Oakville 6 years ago and have had a wonderful experience with the Animal Hospital of River Oaks. The vets are knowledgeable, up-to-date and so very patient and kind with our pets. The staff are amazing with animals...not just a job, but a passion. They go above-and-beyond interacting with my dog and cat when they are boarded. Feel like family.
7 months ago-
I have been bringing my pets to Dr. Gold since I was a kid myself. He has cared for each one of my pets with tremendous compassion and has helped me through the day to day stuff, as well as through the tougher times. The staff here are also amazing! They truly get to know the clients (human and non) and work with you to make sure that your pet is always getting the right care. Five stars (PLUS!) across the board *****
5 months ago-
I think I just decided to walk into this hospital, ever since I moved to Oakville. Mainly because how building looks like.It's nice small, white, very classic looking building surrounded by big trees.
Staff members are very friendly, my cat is seeing Dr.Mac and she's great.
They discovered thyroid issue, and helped my cat on that with medication.
2 months ago-
Great veterinarian, highly experienced and kind. Friendly staff, welcoming, located on a lot surrounded by nature. Highly recommended.
6 months ago-
When I moved to Oakville I went to a different vet. My dog received an injection and couldn’t walk. I found the Animal Hospital of River Oaks and have been very pleased. Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly I have never left the office not fully informed on my dog’s health. They have gone through puppy hood right through the mourning process of losing a loved pet. If you truly care about your pet, I highly recommend the Animal Hospital of River Oaks.
a month ago-
We know are well cared for every yome we visit.
9 months ago-
Great vet practice. Took our big dog there her entire life and she lived to be almost 15. Now I take both of my little chihuahuas there and I am very happy.
a year ago-
I have been going to Dr.Gold for well over 20 years with my various boston terriers. He simply is the best vet I have ever known. I did have the need a few times to go to another vet and the results simply were not the same. His diagnosis have always been correct and he treats all his furry clients as if they were his own. His staff is so caring as well. I recommend Dr. Gold and the Animal Hospital of River Oaks to anyone who has a pet.....
I saw him take as much care with a budgie bird, as he would a dog or cat.
a year ago-
Not a fancy place, but Dr. Gold (and newly arrived Dr. Mac) are both tremendous vets. The price is reasonable, the quality of care is beond comparison, and the front-office staff are friendly and helpful.
a year ago-
Best VET experience in Canada. Vet was amazing, he answered all questions, provided all possible information and more. Beside that other staff was really helpful. Prices are as everywhere in GTA.
a year ago-
Everyone is so caring at the Animal Hospital of River Oaks. We've taken our furry family members here for just over 20 years. Our Labrador Retriever loves visiting Dr. Gold and all the staff.
a year ago-
Have both my boys (2 cats) registered here and the staff is fanominal!
Day 12. TODAY AND ENJOY ANY SPECIAL FROM THE 12 FURRY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Here's a recap of all the fun festivities we've had going!
DAY 1: DONATE 5$ WORTH OF CANNED GOODS FOR A FREE NAIL TRIM COUPON!
DAY 2: 30$ MICROCHIP PROMO
DAY 3: 50% OFF NAIL TRIMS AND SOFT PAW APPLICATION
DAY 4: 20% OFF ALL DENTAL CHEWS AND PRODUCTS
DAY 5: 25% OFF BATHS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
DAY 6: 25% OFF MUTTLUKS AND KNOTTIE KNOT CATNIP TOYS
DAY 7: 25% OFF SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONERS, NAIL CLIPPERS AND BRUSHES
DAY 8: 25% OFF FELIWAY AND ADAPTIL PRODUCTS
DAY 9: 25% OFF JOINT SUPPORT PRODUCTS
DAY 10: 25 % OFF ALL TREATS
DAY 11: 20 % OFF ALL WEIGHT LOSS DIETS AND TREATS
While this is the season of being extremely busy with all those holiday events, we just wanted to take a quick moment and remind you of the Hospital & Doctors Holiday Hours to ensure that all prescriptions are refilled and that you have enough food & treat supply.
Please note that hospital hours are different to the doctor's hours. Dr Gold will be on holiday from December 21st and returning on Tuesday January 8th. Dr Mac's schedule will be listed below..
Hospital hours are as followed:
Saturday December 22nd: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Dr Mac: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Sunday December 23rd: CLOSED
Monday December 24th: 7:30am - 12:30pm
Dr Mac: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Tuesday December 25th: CLOSED
Wednesday December 26th: CLOSED
Thursday December 27th: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Dr Mac: 9:30am - 12:00pm & 5:00pm - 7:20pm
Friday December 28th: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Dr Mac: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday December 29th: 9:00am - 1:30pm (No Doctor in hospital today)
Sunday December 30th: CLOSED
Monday December 31st: 7:30am - 12:30pm
Dr Mac: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Tuesday January 1st: CLOSED Welcome 2019 River Oaks Families!
Wednesday January 2nd the hospital returns to normal business hours!
In case of emergency outside of hospital hours please call the Mississauga/Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital (905)829-9444. They are located at 2285 Bristol Circle, Oakville.
Day 11. 20 % OFF ALL WEIGHT LOSS DIETS AND WEIGHT LOSS TREATS
We understand it can be difficult to keep weight off our pets during our cold Canadian winter as we'd all rather just be curled up on the couch. Take advantage of this special today to help your pet looking their best self!
Pet Tip: With the holiday season approaching many of us are tempted to give our pet a taste of all that good food on our plate. Many human foods are high in fats that can cause serious digestive issues for our pets. Instead trade the human delights for a tasty weight loss canned food - available as a pate or stew your furry family member won't be able to resist!
Our creative team at the Animal Hospital of River Oaks take pride in providing educational information as well as keeping our River Oaks's Families well informed in up-coming events happening at the hospital!