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Overweight Dog Help

Our veterinary team takes pride in nutrition. We can help assess if your dog is overweight and help implement a plan with weight loss. It can be done with a specialized diet plan and exercise suggestions.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered to be overweight when the pet has more than 25% body fat. This can be evaluated by our medical staff. Common signs of obesity may include, but are not limited to, ribs that are not prominent or hard to feel, no abdominal tuck (waist), loose or distended abdomen or even a fat pad at the tail base and abdomen.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes, all breeds have the potential of becoming obese, but some common breeds that we see can include Beagles, Labrador Retrievers and Pugs, to name a few. These breeds can require extra care and consideration to have a healthy lifestyle.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?

If you are concerned about obesity in your pet, please contact one of our staff members, and we can help you make the most appropriate decision for your pet.


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