Ginger cat receives a vaccination

Cat Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important part of your cat’s yearly preventative care. Core vaccinations for cats include rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia). We also offer vaccination for Feline Leukemia, a serious immune disease that can be contracted from scratches and bites of other cats. This vaccine is highly recommended for any cat that spends any time outdoors or is in contact with other cats.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Yes, even indoor cats should be up to date on their core vaccines. Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all pets regardless if they are indoor only. A viral and bacterial disease can still be a risk for your indoor cat as well. They can be brought into the household on people or other animals.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

Core vaccines for cats include rabies and the FVRCP vaccine. The FVRCP vaccine provides vaccination for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These diseases can all be contracted from direct or indirect contact with other felines.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

Adult cats need to be vaccinated yearly. It also provided an opportunity for a yearly physical exam.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

There are no known risks to annual vaccination. Vaccinations can prevent several serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.


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