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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Dental Care for Dogs

The dental and oral health of your pet is a top priority. Broken teeth, redness of the gums and even gum infections are a common health concern amongst pets. At our clinics, we provide a wide variety of services and tools to help take proper care of your pet’s oral health.

What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?

We provide a wide variety of services such as dental cleaning, dental extractions and digital dental radiographs. If you have concerns of bad breath, discoloured teeth, excessive drooling or even pain while eating, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our veterinarians to have a prophylactic dental exam performed. Once this exam is complete, our team can guide you to make the best decision for your furry friend!

How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Our staff recommends brushing your pet’s teeth every other day, if possible. This will help prevent tartar and plaque build-up.

Why is oral and dental health important for dogs?

Dental and oral health for our pets may seem minor to us, but it is very important to have good oral health for our pets to ensure they live a long and healthy lifestyle. If proper preventative care is not taken, this could lead to many problems such as tooth pain, trouble eating and infections, which could lead into the bloodstream and affect your pet’s heart, liver and kidney functions.


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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