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Heartworm Testing for Dogs

Heartworm, known as Dirofilaria immitis, is a type of parasite that your loyal companion can get from the bite of a mosquito. Heartworm can severely damage your pet’s hearts, lungs and other internal organs. They can grow to about 1-feet-long and can be fatal for your pet if they continue to live inside them. Cats, dogs and other animals can get heartworm but our canine pals are the most ideal host. In fact, several hundreds of heartworms can live inside a dog if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of heartworm?

In the early stages, or if your pet has a mild case of heartworm, symptoms are almost non-existent. This is why they should come into the hospital regularly for a wellness exam. Please contact our team at 613.543.2812 to schedule your next appointment. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more obvious, especially if your pet is highly active or if they have many heartworms in them. These signs include: persistent cough, weight loss, swollen belly, fatigue, laboured breathing and difficulty walking.

What are the treatment options for heartworm?

Prevention is the best defence against heartworm. It is important that your pet receives regular medications against heartworm and that their medications are always given on time – even missing just one dose can leave your pet unprotected. If your pet does test positive for heartworm, treatment can take up to several months depending on disease severity. Manual removal and drug injections may be used to kill the heartworms in your pet. Lifestyle modifications such as limiting the amount of exercise your pet gets may also be prescribed, as increased movement causes heartworm to multiply even faster.

Last updated: December 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

To ensure you have adequate supplies for the holiday season, please order prescription refills by December 22nd. Please consider ordering your pet's food through our online store. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

5. 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 Morrisburg Animal Hospital