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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 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