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.

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: May 25, 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

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