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Dog Fleas and Ticks

During days that have mild temperatures, we tend to stay out with our furry friends for long walks to enjoy the lovely weather. Unfortunately, fleas and ticks also enjoy the mild weather. It is very important to use preventative treatment against fleas and ticks.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?

We recommend checking your dog weekly for the presence of flea dirt, a by-product of fleas taking a blood meal. This can appear as small black specks on the skin, often in areas like the abdomen, neck, chin and hind end area. Brushing your pet with a comb/brush can detect the evidence of ticks, which can appear similar to skin tags and small dime-sized lumps. If you believe you have found a tick or flea on your pet, contact us today to book an appointment with our medical staff for preventative care.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

To prevent fleas and ticks, it is recommended to use a monthly preventative product.These come in many forms such as topical or chewable. Our medical staff can discuss which route of prevention may be right for your dog.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

Monthly preventative treatment will help avoid further tick infestations on your dog. We recommend testing for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases if you have found a tick on your dog.


Holiday Hours for 2020

The holidays are fast approaching! Please keep in mind our holiday hours outlined below:

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



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: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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