Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital