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Overweight Cat Help

We take pride in keeping your cat at a happy, healthy weight. Our team can help assess if your cat is overweight and help implement a weight loss plan. It can be done with a specialized diet plan. After your feline is spayed or neutered, extra care must be taken with food intake to help prevent weight gain.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?

A cat is considered to be overweight when the pet has more than 25% body fat. This can be evaluated by our medical staff. Common signs of obesity may include, but are not limited to, ribs that are not prominent or hard to feel, no abdominal tuck (waist), loose or distended abdomen or even a fat pad at the tail base and abdomen.

How can I help my cat lose weight?

Often, it may be difficult to keep our feline friends active. When this is an issue, a specialized weight loss diet can be implemented to help with weight loss and maintenance. We carry several forms of weight management diets, and we can help determine which diet is most suitable for your cat.

What is offered during a nutritional consultation?

At your annual examination with your pet, our medical staff are highly trained in methods of weight control/loss using nutrition. Any questions regarding your cat’s weight can be answered at this time. If you believe your cat may be overweight, contact our staff today to book your consultation.


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