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.
Symptoms of a heartworm infection may include coughing, shortness of breath, weakness, and overall dullness.
How do dogs get heartworm?
All it takes is one simple bite from an infected mosquito carrying microfilaria (baby worms), to induce a full-blown heartworm infection. These worms will mature into an adult worm in the heart vessels, where they will reproduce, blocking the chambers of the heart.
What is the treatment for heartworm?
Currently, the treatment for heartworm is a lengthy process that can last for several months. Once the dog is diagnosed with the aid of heartworm testing, a course of antibiotics and steroids is started. Several weeks later, a drug called Immiticide, is given intramuscularly with the animal under sedation. The animal will also start a course of heartworm prevention medication. This intramuscular injection is then repeated a month later, then the very next day. The animal will continue on steroids and will have to be at complete rest for the remainder of the treatment. One month after the final injection, another blood sample is collected and submitted for heartworm testing.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Heartworm treatment is a challenge because not only is the recovery difficult for the animal, but the cost is significant. During the treatment period, there is potential for dying worms to clog arteries and vessels of the heart fatally. Because of this, animals undergoing treatment are usually limited to strict cage rest with zero exercise.
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.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!