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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease that fortunately is not seen very often in our region. However, that does not mean pets in the area are immune or not at risk. If your pet travels south to warmer climates, the risk increases. These worms will live in the heart and larger vessels and can lead to heart failure if not detected and treated in time.

What are the symptoms of heartworm in a dog?


Heartworm disease can take 6 months or longer to start showing any signs of disease. Coughing is often seen first, and your dog may become increasingly lethargic. In the later stages, your dog may develop a potbellied appearance as fluid can accumulate in the abdomen.

How do dogs get heartworm?


Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. When the mosquito bites an infected dog and then bites another dog, the larvae of the worms are transmitted through the blood. From then, it takes 6 months for the reproductive cycle to complete and adult worms to develop in your dog’s heart.

What are the treatment options for heartworm?


Heartworm disease is treated through a series of injections combined with some oral medications with the protocol we use established by the American Heartworm Society.

Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?


Depending on when your dog is diagnosed with heartworm disease, varying degrees of damage may have been done to their heart, blood vessels, and lungs. Inflammation and clogged vessels from dying worms are two big risks that can still prove fatal even if your dog is treated. This is why we place a strong emphasis on prevention.

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Last updated: December 14, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service. Effective Tuesday, December 14th we are not allowing clients in exam rooms with their pets. Here is what you can expect:

  • Come in to let us know that you're here for your appointment. 2 clients will be allowed at a time in our reception area for food and med pick up and to inform us that they are here for their appointment.
  • Please wait in your car after letting us know you've arrived. Once you have notified us that you are here for your appointment we ask that you wait in your car and we will come out and collect your furry family member for their appointment.
  • The doctor will call once the appointment is done and you can then come back to the reception desk to take care of the invoice and collect your furry family member.
  • Face masks are required when interacting with our team and entering the building. Please sanitze your hands if you come inside.
  • Food and medication pick-ups inside. If there are more than 2 people in our waiting area, we ask that you wait outside until there is sufficient space.
  • Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (613) 542-7337.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic