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 potentially fatal disease caused by a parasitic worm that invades the dog’s body when an infected mosquito bites the dog. This blood-borne parasite is known as Dirofilaria immitis. Adult worms are usually found in the heart and rarely in other parts of the circulatory system. Adult heartworms may live up to five years and during this time the female produces millions of offspring called microfilaria. Slugs, snails and even frogs can pose a risk of your dog getting French heartworm.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
Some of the symptoms of a dog with heartworm can include a dry cough, lethargy, weight loss and rapid or difficult breathing. If you have any concerns over the health of your dog, please contact us at 753-0506.
How does a dog get heartworms?
Your dog can get heartworm by being bit by an infected mosquito or in the case of French heartworm if they eat an infected larva of a slug or snail.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Dogs are generally treated with three injections of a drug called melarsomine to kill adult heartworms, a heartworm preventative to kill juvenile heartworms, and doxycycline and prednisone to reduce the chances of unwanted side effects. In some cases, other medications may be prescribed, or different protocols recommended. Advantage multi and interceptor can be used for prevention. Any concerns please give us a call at 753-0506.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
Recovery can be challenging because when parasites die in the heart, they can trigger a hypersensitivity reaction.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 8, 2020 some 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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. 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 Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Torbay Road Animal Hospital