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.
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.
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.
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.
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 policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 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 613-542-7337. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We accept credit card and debit card.
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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic