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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 416.423.3042. 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: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.