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.

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.

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.

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 613.443.5459. 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: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital