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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Laser Therapy for Dogs

Therapeutic Laser is a form of light therapy; it is a safe form of radiation that is non-invasive and non-thermal. The light from the laser helps cells to feel good. In turn, it helps heal the body — kind of like when you are upset, and then step out into the sunlight and feel a little better. Almost any sick patient who steps into the clinic could benefit from Therapeutic Laser!

What is therapeutic laser therapy for dogs, and what are the benefits?

Therapeutic Laser can be used for many conditions in dogs. In fact, its usage on orthopedic condition is not the only area it can help! Laser would benefit any condition requiring healthy tissue growth and can even help speed up the healing process. It can help any condition that requires pain relief, reduction of inflammation, increased blood supply, reduction of swelling or immune system support. The saying goes: if the condition ends with “-itis”, it can be treated with a laser! Therapeutic Laser can be used as a treatment by itself but is also recommended to be used alongside conventional veterinary medicine. Talk to your veterinarian today to see what is best for your pet!

Are lasers dangerous for dogs and are there any side effects?

Laser therapy is a very safe procedure, as there are no side effects. However, there are some cases where Laser Therapy is not recommended to use for areas that haven’t had studies done to see how these tissues or conditions will react. These conditions include lasering over a pregnant uterus, into the eye, over the thyroid gland, over a tumour, when cancer is suspected or on patients with a history of epileptic seizures.

What kind of lasers are used on pets?

There are different classes used in Laser Therapy. The laser used within our clinic is a Class 3b laser. It is a relatively safe laser, but precautions are still taken with protective eyewear. Class 4 lasers may also be seen with Laser Therapy at other facilities; however, more precautions are taken with it’s in-use as it can cause burns to the skin. Class 4 lasers are used in some clinics to perform surgical procedures. Class 3b lasers do not have enough power to be effective for these procedures.

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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