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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a serious and potentially deadly parasite infection that causes severe damage to the heart and lungs. Dogs get heartworm when they are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying an immature life stage of the worm. The mosquito transfers the larvae to the dog, where it grows and travels through the blood vessels, usually ending up in the heart or lungs. In New Brunswick, we do not have an endemic problem with heartworms. However, if you plan on travelling outside the province with your dog, you should contact your veterinarian and discuss the preventive medication that is right for you.

What are the symptoms of heartworm in a dog?

Heartworm causes coughing, fainting, exercise intolerance, anemia, and in severe cases, it will cause heart failure.

How do dogs get heartworm?

Dogs get heartworm when they are bitten by an infected mosquito.

What are the treatment options for heartworm?

In severely affected dogs, hospitalization is required while a medication is given to kill any adult worms living inside the heart. Monthly prevention can be administered at home.

Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?

Treating heartworm is a challenge, as the adult worms live inside the heart. When they are killed, the worms can still cause blockages in blood vessels and prevent the heart from pumping effectively. This potential blockage can cause heart failure. While recovering, it is important that the dogs stay in a kennel to rest for several weeks.

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Last updated: November 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

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 Moncton Animal Hospital