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.

Chatham-Kent Heartworm Disease Cases Are On The Rise

The vast majority of heartworm-positive cases in Canada happen right here in Southwestern Ontario. Heartworm disease is transmitted from dog to dog through mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it takes in tiny heartworms, which it then transmits to the next dog it bites. Heartworms then mature in the dog’s bloodstream and collect in its heart and blood vessels.

Heartworm larvae can grow over 12 inches in length and can do immense damage to a dog’s heart and lungs. Heartworm is particularly dangerous for dogs because it takes several months for the symptoms to start showing. If the proper treatment is not administered, Heartworm disease can be fatal.

Indications your dog may have heartworm include fatigue, weight loss and coughing.

Ensuring Your Dog Is Protected
Preventing heartworm disease in your dog is simple. Just visit one of our Chatham-Kent clinics (Merritt Animal Hospital, Dresden Veterinary Clinic and Sydenham River Veterinary Office) to pick up preventative medication that will keep your dog safe during mosquito season. You can also have your dog tested for heartworm disease to ensure the condition is not already present.

Give us a call at 519.360.4508 to book your appointment.

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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