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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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What Is a Dental Nerve Block?

Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 22, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic