Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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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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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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

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.>/i>

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