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Cat Flea and Tick Control

With warmer weather, people tend to spend more time being active outside. Unfortunately, the same is true for fleas and ticks. Even indoor-only cats are at risk as people and other pets that travel indoors and outdoors can carry fleas and ticks into your homes. Cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, even if only for a short amount of time, are susceptible to being infested with fleas and ticks.

How do I know if my cat has fleas or ticks?

Fleas and ticks can easily be identified by routine grooming as fleas will leave behind flea dirt, which are small black specks of digested blood. Common signs of fleas include more frequent scratching, hair loss (especially around the tail), small scabs along the body and around the neck.

Do fleas and ticks harm cats?

Fleas can transmit tapeworms to cats as well as more severe infestations, which can cause anemia and severe skin conditions. Heavy infestations of fleas can be life-threatening to small kittens or senior cats. Ticks can transmit several parasitic blood diseases which are hard to detect in cats.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Keeping your cat free of fleas can protect them from internal parasites and more severe skin and infectious diseases. It can also increase your cat’s quality of life.


Holiday Hours for 2020

The holidays are fast approaching! Please keep in mind our holiday hours outlined below:

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



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: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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