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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

We offer in-house testing of fecal samples and urine. Testing a fecal sample is an important part of your dog’s wellness/yearly examination as this can tell us if there is evidence of internal parasites. Urine testing is also a vital diagnostic tool to help with urinary health as this can identify kidney or urinary disease.

Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?

We recommend your pet gets their yearly fecal examination at the same time as their annual vaccinations. Dogs can contract intestinal parasites from other mammals that may have been infected through contact with their feces. Testing a fresh fecal sample can identify any parasites that may be present in your dog’s intestinal tract.

If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?

If your veterinarian recommended a urinalysis and a urinary tract infection has been detected, antibiotics will often be prescribed. However, there may be multiple underlying causes for the infection, such as bladder stones, kidney disease and possibly prostate disease. Our veterinary staff can help guide you in preventing or treating such diseases.


Holiday Hours for 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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Last updated: October 25, 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 - 5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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