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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 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