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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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, 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!