Goldenvale News

Curious About Laser Therapy?

Goldenvale has been offering laser therapy to our clients for over 8 years now.  We use it on almost all patients post operatively for pain control and to speed healing of surgical sights.  We also recommend it to treat various orthopedic, muscle, and nerve conditions. 

Curious as to what laser is? Here’s a quick run down of what it can do for your pet!



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The Physical Exam

The Physical Exam – What Exactly Are We Looking For?


Once a year, we call you up, ask you to load your crew (dog, cat, or multiples of both) into the car and head over to see us for your pet’s Annual Physical Exam. You come, we poke and prod for a few minutes, ask some questions, update their vaccines, and maybe take a blood sample. Sometimes I think we forget to take the time to really tell you what we are checking for, so here is a break down.



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Breed Feature: The Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers sometimes get a bad reputation from pop culture. In movies and cartoons, they are always portrayed as tough guard dogs, or part of the “bad guys”. The best pop culture Doberman reference I could find was the leader of the island dog pack, Alpha, in the movie “Up”.  He gave us gems like “Now you must wear the cone of shame.” and “Mayhaps you desire to – SQUIRREL!”.



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Breed Feature: The Beagle

Do you know who won Best In Show at the 2015 Westminster Dog Show?
Miss P the BEAGLE!

So, it’s about time we did a breed feature on these wonderful hound dogs.


Marlie & Dexter relaxing at home

Dexter & Marlie relaxing at home

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Is this a True Emergency?

The Holiday Season is coming up fast! Along with it come holiday decorations, family gatherings, big family feasts, gifts, and lots of busy, busy schedules. All of us at Goldenvale hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday but sometimes that isn’t the case and we want you to be prepared for emergencies that may come up with your pets. Dr. Steph has put together a list of things that are true emergencies; things that can’t wait until the morning, or the next day. If any of these situations arise, your pet needs to take a trip to the vet immediately, or if we aren’t open, head to the emergency clinic. Read more …

Breed Feature: Greyhounds

As some of you may know, I’m partial to the “skinny” dogs. I adopted a retired racing greyhound while I was still in vet school and last year added a whippet to my fur-family. I’ll try not to be too biased in this week’s spotlight on Greyhounds. ;)


Sighthounds are one of the oldest types of dogs we know of. Carvings of greyhound-type dogs have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 2000 BC. These thin, short coated dogs spread throughout Europe as a valuable hunting dog – known for their keen eyesight and speed.
Lure coursing competition began with these sighthounds in the 16th Century in Britain and the dogs were brought to North America with incoming settlers. Greyhound racing as we know it today became popular in the 1920s in the U.S., England, and Ireland. A greyhound in peak physical shape can reach sprinting speeds of up to 70km/hr!!




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Breed Feature: The Siberian Husky


Huskies are among one of the most common breeds of dogs around. The current breed is a descendant of sled dogs that originated in North-Eastern Siberia 1000’s of years ago. The sled dog was bred to be very athletic and survive the harsh winters.


Kenidi loves making snow angels all winter long

Kenidi loves winter – making snow angels is his favourite

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Spring Brings the Creepy Crawlies out of Hiding – Part 3: Ticks & Lyme Disease


Over the last few years, the number of ticks we are seeing on our veterinary patients has been steadily increasing, below is some general information on the creepy crawlies and things to be aware of if you find one on your pet.

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Breed Feature: The Pomeranian

It’s so FLUFFY!!” – First words out of almost anyone’s mouth when they meet a Pomeranian for the first time. Pomeranians (or “Poms”) are toy breed dogs (4-7.5 lbs full grown) that descend from the Spitz breeds – double coated dogs originating from northern Europe. Poms in particular, started in Northern Germany, and gained in popularity after Queen Victoria took a liking to them. They have small ears that stand straight up, and a (relatively) long tail that curls around on top of their hindquarters. They come in a variety of colours from all white, to sable (a sandy, blonde colour), black and tan, solid black and almost everything in between.


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Spring Brings the Creepy Crawlies out of Hiding – Part 2: Heartworm


‘Tis the season!

I’m hoping most of you have at least heard of heartworm (if not then we, as a clinic, are not doing a very good job!).  More than likely, most of you have probably sat in the appointment room at the vet clinic and been lectured by one of us, our tech or other staff members about the “dangers of heartworm.  There is A LOT of information out there about heartworm and without getting into the lifecycle of the parasite, it is very hard to know what is truth and what isn’t.

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