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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a parasite that causes very serious, potentially fatal, illness in dogs. It is an easily preventable condition, but a heartworm test must be done prior to putting a dog on heartworm prevention. The heartworm test is a simple blood test that can be done quickly during your dog’s visit.

What are the symptoms of heartworm disease in a dog?

In the early stages of heartworm disease, the dog may not have any symptoms or very mild symptoms. Heartworms usually live in the vessels surrounding the dog’s heart, so symptoms most commonly seen are those associated with heart disease. Coughing, exercise intolerance, tiredness, weight loss and decreased appetite are some of the most common symptoms. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more pronounced and the dog becomes more ill.

How do dogs get heartworm?

The parasite is transmitted by mosquito. An infected dog is bitten by a mosquito who takes a blood meal from the dog. The larvae of the heartworm are in the blood and ingested by the mosquito. The mosquito bites another dog and the larvae are transmitted through the bite. It takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to develop into adult worms.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

The best option for dealing with heartworm is PREVENTION! There are different prevention options so feel free to discuss which option would work best for your dog with any of our staff members. Prevention typically involves a once-a-month topical product or an oral tablet.

Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?

Treating heartworm disease is challenging because it involves the dog’s cardiovascular system. Treatment requires killing the heartworm parasite and the worms live in some major blood vessels around the heart. Any sudden action could cause blockage to the blood vessels which could result in death for the dog. Treatment needs to be done in intensive care in the hospital with intravenous medications and continuous monitoring with completely restricted activity for the dog. That’s why prevention is ALWAYS the best!


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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital