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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.



Greeting Heidi

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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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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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Breed Feature: The Labrador Retriever

Did you know that the Labrador Retriever is Canadian? The breed started in Newfoundland as a working dog that was good in the water helping with fishing nets and used for sport retrieving water fowl during hunting trips. Read more …

Breed Feature: The Belgian Shepherd

Welcome to the first post of our new Breed Feature.  


Every few weeks we will make a post dedicated to a specific dog or cat breed.  We will go over some of their physical traits and personalities and tell you what is unique about them.  We will also cover common health concerns and things you can do to help prevent or manage them. 


Meet the Belgian Shepherd; a herding breed that originated in Belgium in the late 1800’s.  Read more …

New Additions to Goldenvale

There have been some new additions at Goldenvale lately!  Read more …

Hello from Dr. Steph

Hello all!

My name is Dr. Stephanie Horgan Smith and this is my official ‘hello’ to the Goldenvale community.  A bit about myself to start – I grew up in Newmarket, spending my time outside of school playing soccer and horseback riding.  After graduating from Newmarket High I moved just a little ways to the west to complete my Bachelor of Science, Honours at the lovely University of Guelph.  Read more …

Never Too Old To Get A Fresh Start!

We received this beautiful card from Lucky’s dad today!

We want to thank him for putting his confidence in us so we could help Lucky stay happy and healthy!



Roxie has 5 Kittens

On July 9th we found a cat carrier sitting by our driveway with an adorable young orange and white cat inside.   Upon examining her we found out she was – you guessed it – pregnant!  Three weeks later she gives us 5 of the cutest kittens ever.   We still have 2 kittens who are not yet spoken for so if you have been considering a new addition to your family please come on over and have a look at them.  They were born on July 28th, 2012 and in the picture they are 2 days old.  All will be ready to go to their new homes the week of Sept. 20th.  They have no fleas, ear mites, or intestinal parasites and will have had their first vaccine before they go  –  and   –   THEY ARE FREE!



Actually, they are priceless.

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