Additional Services

Referral Services

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Veterinary Specialist Referrals

Certain conditions may require the expertise and knowledge of a veterinary specialist. To become a specialist, veterinarians must do several years of specialized training at a teaching hospital followed by a number of board exams. We have specialists in ultrasonography and surgery that travel to our clinic to examine and operate on your pet. We can also set up referral appointments at one of several referral hospitals including The Mississauga Referral Centre and The Ontario Veterinary College for areas such as opthamology (eyes), cardiology (heart), or dermatology (skin).


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For your convenience, we offer an in-house pharmacy so we can meet all your pet’s needs. We provide medications, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventives—all at competitive prices. We’ll also pass along any discounts or rebates from drug manufacturers.

When you order from us, you’ll know that the products you’re purchasing have been stored properly and are approved for use in Canada. And if you have any questions, you can ask your veterinarian.

Feel free to pick up your pet’s prescriptions at our clinic or order refills online.

Nutritional Counseling

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Royal City Animal Hospital | Nutritional CounselingNutrition plays an important role in your pet’s health. A good diet will give your pet the advantage he or she needs to live a long and healty life. It is difficult to compare various diets based on the information on the package. The Guaranteed Analysis is a measurement of crude indredients such as protein, fibre, and carbohydrates. It does not, however give any indication of the quality of ingredients or how digestible they are. For instance, a rubber boot filled with engine oil is very high in protein but none of that protein can be used by your pets body. The other aspect of pet food labeling is the ingredient list. This too can be some what deceiving because there are various grades or qualtities of every raw ingredient. Pet food manufaturers are not required to use high grade ingredients, however several companies do chose to use the best.

We have access to information outlining specific ingredients and benefits of different foods and we can help you decide which one is best suited to your needs. We can also perscribe special diets for pets with medical conditions such as allergies or bladder stones.

If you have questions or concerns about feeding your pet please feel free to call.


Growing puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. There are a variety of pet foods available on the market. We have selected nutritionally balanced brands that we are confident will meet your puppies and kittens growth requirements.

Giant Breeds

Nutrition for giant breed dogs has become a hot topic of discussion among giant breed dog owners. Giant breeds include, but are not limited to, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and Giant Schnauzers. These breeds have unique dietary requirements and we can provide you with the information you need to make the correct decisions about your pet’s nutrition. If you have any concerns regarding the nutrition of your giant breed, we would be pleased to discuss them with you further.

Health Care Library

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Royal City Animal Hospital | Health Care LibraryHas your pet been diagnosed with a condition that you are unfamiliar with? Search the Pet Health section of our website for accurate and reliable information on this condition. There are many other sites on the internet offering pet health information. As you browse these other sites, please remember that not all such information is factual and trustworthy.

We also have many pet health related books that can be borrowed from the clinic.  Check out the library next time you are in the clinic!

Grief Counseling

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The loss of a pet can be a tragic event. The emotions we have as a result of this loss are real, justifiable and nothing to be ashamed of. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have faced this in our own lives. We also have literature that can help you and your children deal with the loss of a family pet. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding this issue.

Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatment

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Cancer is a tragic and heartbreaking event for many pet owners. It often means making some very difficult decisions. However not all types of cancer are terminal. We are fortunate in Guelph to be near one of Canada’s largest cancer treatment centers for your pet. The Ontario Vet College is fully equipped to provide chemotherapy and radiation therapy for many types of cancer. We can also provide certain types of chemotherapy right here in the clinic.

Adoption Services

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Royal City Animal Hospital | adoption servicesFrom time to time we receive stray kittens that we examine, vaccinate, deworm and then put up for adoption. They live right in the waiting room until they can find a home. This allows them to become accustomed to situations such as barking dogs and crowds of people. They become very well socialized and as a result make excellent pets. If you are interested in adopting a kitten you can pick up an application form at the front desk. If we don’t currently have any kittens we can put your name on a waiting list and call you when we have some available. We also participate in the cat adoption program through the Guelph Humane Society. We house older cats or cats that need special care and find new homes for them. If you can give an older cat a little extra attention one these might be perfect for you!

Behavioural Counseling

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We offer individualized dog and cat behavioural counseling on a variety of issues including aggressive behaviour and inappropriate elimination. We can also refer you to a behaviour specialist if necesary. If you are concerned about some aspect of your pet’s behaviour, please contact us.

Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment

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Like us, animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits can get cancer. Fortunately, however, some forms of cancer are curable. In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can extend the lives of many dogs and cats. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumours.

You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your pet spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented. This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease.

Regular veterinary visits can help us keep track of what is normal for your pet, as well as detect anything suspicious. However, because we typically only see your dog or cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early. Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behaviour (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits).

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