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Blood Tests for Cats

We offer the most up to date in-house blood analysis machines. This allows our veterinarians to get results in under an hour and the ability to discuss with our clients the result on the same day. More specific blood testing may be sent to an outside laboratory; these tests may take longer to receive results.

Why are blood tests important for my cat’s health?

It is important to perform blood tests on your cat as this can test for early signs of diseases such as liver and kidney disease. Running bloodwork in-house can provide our veterinarians with valuable information about your cat’s health status. If you have any specific questions regarding blood testing for your cat, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

How long does it take to get blood test results?

In-house can be received in less than an hour. However, more specific blood testing is sent to an outside laboratory and can take an average of 2-3 business days to receive completed results.

How should I prepare my cat for their blood tests?

Generally, no special preparation is required. If certain tests are required which special instructions, our medical staff will be sure to notify you of these requirements.

How often should blood tests be done?

Our medical staff recommends for a wellness blood panel to be performed yearly as this can catch any early stages of liver or kidney disease. If bloodwork returns normal, this is great news and can provide a normal baseline to compare to if your cat becomes ill.


Holiday Hours for 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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Last updated: August 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members. As part of our due diligence, we have decided to consolidate our staff by maintaining all operations at Merritt Animal Hospital and Dresden Veterinary Clinic with a closed door policy and have our Sydenham River location open for medication/food pickup ONLY. 

The safety of our team members and clients is very important to us. As such, we will continue to follow all provincial health standards by having extensive cleaning protocols, wearing masks and gloves, and practicing physical distancing as much as possible within our teams.

Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team