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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519-759-3031. 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 - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic