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Senior Cat Care

As your cat ages, there may be some health concerns that arise. Senior pets can require specialized care to help them continue living a healthy life. We offer wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help monitor your dog’s health as they age. It can help detect diseases early and extend the lifespan of our senior patients.

At what stage is a cat considered a senior? How to spot signs of aging?

Generally, cats are considered geriatric or senior at 7-10 years old. Signs of ageing can include decreased activity, stiffness and decreased mobility, and loss of muscle mass or weight loss.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?

If you think your senior cat is losing weight, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our veterinarians as there may be an underlying medical reason for the weight loss. However, as a preventative measure, you can switch your senior pet to a diet specially formulated for them. These senior diets often have more digestible protein sources to help maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass.

What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?

To help keep your senior pet as healthy as possible, we recommend physical examinations twice a year, along with wellness bloodwork to detect early signs of kidney or liver disease, among others. Senior cat food can help maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as supplements for joint care and mobility.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

Some of the most common health issues seen in older cats include tumours or cancer, dental disease, and kidney disease.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Behavioural issues in cats like aggression or inappropriate elimination can be signs of pain or disease. If you have noticed a sudden change in your cat’s behaviour, a physical exam with one of our veterinarians may be needed.


Holiday Hours for 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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Last updated: August 30, 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 - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 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