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 disease is a potentially fatal disease, caused by parasitic worms that invade a dog’s body. A mosquito that has bitten an infected animal transmits worm larvae to the new host, usually another dog. The larvae enter the dog’s bloodstream and migrate to various parts of the body where they grow into large worms. The most common infection sites are the blood vessels of the dog’s heart and lungs. If you suspect your pet may be infected, you need to know how to test your dog for heartworm, before they cause irreversible damage.
Unfortunately, dogs don’t show signs of heartworm disease, until it is very advanced. For this reason, our veterinarians recommend yearly heartworm testing, as well as routine prevention.
How do dogs get heartworm?
Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Your dog does not have to come into contact with another infected dog, feces, urine, etc. It’s because of the ease of transmission, that our veterinary team highly recommends yearly testing, as well as routine prevention.
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
Once your pet is positive for heartworm, there is adult heartworm living inside their heart. The only treatment available is to give them several injections of a derivative of arsenic, designed to target and kill those worms. Then your dog has to stay very quiet for many weeks after treatment, while their body resorbs the dead and dying worms. It is survivable but very difficult and risky, it is far better to prevent. Another option is to put them on year-round heartworm prevention for a minimum of two years. There can be a lot of damage to the heart during that time, however, which is why the fast kill option is preferred.
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 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 519-759-3031. 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, 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 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.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic