We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Dog Heartworm Test

Dog Heartworm Test

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 709.753.0506. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We are closed Saturday & Sunday.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Torbay Road Animal Hospital