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Dog Heartworm Test

Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms that invade a dog’s body. Although we are not an endemic area, for pets that travel, this can be a severe problem. Please discuss all travel plans with your veterinarian.

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


The symptoms of heartworm are coughing, lethargy and history of travel to somewhere where heartworm is prevalent. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms occur, significant damage may have already taken place. Prevention is best if travelling to areas affected.

How does a dog get heartworms?


Mosquitoes that carry Dirofilaria Immitis in high exposure areas transmit this infection to the dog while they bite.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?


Monthly heartworm preventative can be used to prevent infection. A heartworm adulticide is used if an animal is positive for heartworm.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?


Treatment for heartworm extends over several months. Adulticide injections require deep muscular injections that are painful. Exercise restriction during recovery is essential for minimizing cardiopulmonary complications following adulticidal treatment.

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Note: Closed daily between 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2020 Holiday Hours

Dec 21-23: Regular Hours
Dec 24: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dec 25-26: CLOSED
Dec 28-30: Regular Hours
Dec 31: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Jan 01: CLOSED
 
To ensure you have adequate supplies for the holiday season, please order prescription refills by December 22nd. Please consider ordering your pet's food through our online store. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

5. 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 Alouette Animal Hospital

*Notice: Local Delivery Only - Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows