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Cat Dental Care

The dental and oral health of your pet is a top priority. Broken teeth, severe irritation and redness of the gums or even resorptive lesions (cavities) are a common health concern amongst pet owners. At our clinics, we provide a wide variety of services and tools to take proper care of your pet’s oral health.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

Dental cleaning is a procedure that is performed under general anesthetic. Using a dental probe, our medical staff will check for the presence of gingival pockets or fractured/sensitive teeth. Using an ultrasonic scaler, all tartar and visible plaque are removed. Then, using a high-speed polisher, the surfaces are smoothed to delay plaque build-up.

What are the signs of dental problems in cats?

Common signs of dental disease in cats may include, but are not limited to, increased hiding, difficulty eating, aggression towards people and other animals, drooling or odour from the oral cavity. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact us to book a dental exam with our veterinarians.

Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?

All cats are susceptible to dental disease, but there are a few breeds that are genetically more prone to developing dental disease. Some of these breeds may include Ragdolls, Persians, Siamese and Scottish Folds.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Feline tooth resorption is a disease of the tooth. The exact cause is still unknown. Dental disease in cats can be a factor. Feline tooth resorption is similar to cavities; however, the decay starts from the inside of the tooth. The molars of the lower jaw are most frequently affected. Eventually, the sensitive inner pulp of the tooth is exposed. The only treatment for resorbed teeth is surgical extraction.


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