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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 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