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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering your pet is an important part of pet ownership, especially if you intend to let your cat outdoors. Cat overpopulation is a serious problem in the Chatham-Kent area, and intact outdoor cats are a large contributor to this. Spaying and neutering can also reduce or eliminate the risk of mammary tumours and uterine infections in female cats and testicular cancer in male cats.

What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying is complete removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the complete removal of a male cat’s testicles.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

Our veterinarians recommend performing spay and neuter surgeries between 4-6 months for cats. It is before a young cat’s hormones start to affect their bodies.


Holiday Hours for 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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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