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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a blood-borne worm that is transmitted through mosquito bites and common in Manitoba, Ontario and the United States. The larvae typically end up in the vessels of the heart and lungs where the worms can cause serious damage to the organs and can even cause death.

If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?


The most obvious symptom is a persistent cough. Dogs can also develop exercise intolerance, weight loss and a poor appetite.

How does a dog get heartworms?


Heartworm is contracted when a dog gets bitten by an infected mosquito. It is often seen most throughout warmer climates, so it is recommended that you start your dog on a preventive medication if you are travelling with your pet to a warm destination (i.e. Florida or the Southern States). Please discuss this with one of our knowledgeable veterinarians to see which product would be best for your pet.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?


There are several protocols for treating a heartworm infestation. Treatment can be months in duration.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?


Treatment for heartworm must be done in a controlled and methodical manner. Inappropriate treatment can cause complications resulting in death.

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