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Cat Euthanasia

Our team members take great pride in being compassionate when helping our clients through the most difficult part of their cat’s life and in making a choice to say goodbye. Making decisions regarding the aftercare of your pet can also be incredibly hard when you are grieving. Our staff is always available to discuss cremation and memorial products with you.

When should I consider pet euthanasia?

It is always hard to know when the right time is as every cat and situation are different. Our veterinarians can perform a quality of life assessment to help evaluate your cat and make a recommendation of treatment versus euthanasia.

What is the process for cat euthanasia?

Our veterinarians will always guide our clients every step of the way. Typically, a strong sedative/pain relief is used to help your pet relax before the procedure, then a euthanasia solution is typically administered intravenously (directly into the vein). This helps the procedure to go quickly and smoothly.

Do you do house calls?

Unfortunately, mobile services are not available. However, we do offer a private comfort room in our clinic that can help make things feel more like home.

Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?

We encourage all our clients to stay for the procedure. If you are unable to be present, do not fret as our staff will make sure that someone is with your beloved pet at all times.


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Last updated: October 25, 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 - 5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Thursday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - 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