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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a preventable, but potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms infecting the arteries of the lungs, heart, and surrounding blood vessels of dogs, and other mammal species.

What are the symptoms of heartworms in a dog?

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.

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Upcoming Clinic Events - September 2019

We have some exciting events coming up here at the clinic! Check them out below. 

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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.

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

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


NEW PET OWNERS

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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coxwell Animal Clinic