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.
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes to dogs. We are lucky in Nova Scotia that so far, our cold winters make heart warm extremely rare here. With more and more dogs coming to Nova Scotia from outside of the province, regular testing coupled with a strong heartworm prevention program is recommended for any dog exposed to mosquitoes (that’s all of them!).
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
Heartworm infection can lead to congestive heart disease. Common symptoms can include exercise intolerance, coughing and lethargy. If you notice any of these, please call your veterinarian immediately.
How does a dog get heartworms?
Heartworm is transferred from an infected dog to another dog via a mosquito. The mosquito bites and feeds off an infected dog and the parasite develops within the mosquito. The mosquito then bites another dog thereby infecting it with heartworm. Dogs cannot get heartworm directly from another infected dog via contact or bodily fluid exchange. The mosquito must be involved.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Prevention is preferable, and many products are available for this. If treatment is required, there are a number of options. The best course of action will be determined in consultation with your veterinarian. The good news is that if caught early, many cases can be successfully treated if proper protocols are adhered to. Most dog owners should count on a lengthy and involved recovery. In cases of heartworm, where the disease is advanced, the heart and surrounding vessels have already been damaged and life expectancy is significantly reduced.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
When the large worms living in the heart and blood vessels die, they begin to decompose so they can be reabsorbed. These broken pieces of adult worms can cause blockages of the heart valves and blood vessels. Strict rest for a prolonged period after treatment is essential, which can be very challenging depending on the dog and owner’s lifestyle.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.