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Dog Heartworm Test

If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?

Heartworm infections are fairly quiet with little to no symptoms. However, in heavy infections, you might notice coughing, decreased energy, weight loss, etc. Because of the general lack of symptoms, we recommend regular heartworm testing.

How does a dog get heartworms?

Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, which are carriers of the heartworm larvae. When the mosquito feeds on your dog, the larvae get injected into the skin and then migrate into the heart.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

Treatment depends on how far the disease has progressed and a few other factors. If your dog tests positive for heartworm, a veterinarian will discuss the different options with you and find a treatment option that works best.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?

Heartworms are especially challenging to treat due to their location. The adult heartworms attach themselves to the tissue inside the heart to feed, but once they die, they lose their hold and get swept into the body with the flow of blood. Because of this, we need to be very careful to kill the worms slowly. If too many of them die at once, they can cause blockages of the heart and surrounding blood vessels, and even cause an allergic reaction within the dog.

We strongly recommend using prevention against heartworm because it is easy to prevent, but difficult and expensive to treat.

Last updated: June 26, 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital