We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.360.4508. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team