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.
Detecting heartworm disease early generally allows for a faster and more effective response to treatment. Heartworm disease is both treatable and preventable, but it is a serious and deadly disease that shows no signs in its early stage. Testing can ensure that your dog is heartworm free and preventatives are working.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
Many dogs infected with heartworm do not show symptoms in the early stages of infection. Symptoms include but are not limited to coughing, exercise intolerance and weight loss.
How does a dog get heartworms?
Dogs get infected when a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae bites them.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
If your dog tests positive for heartworm, our veterinarians will tailor a protocol to your dog’s case. This may include radiographs, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and a course of injections for an anti-parasite drug.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
When a parasite is killed, they can travel into the bloodstream, causing cardiovascular compromise. There can also be an inflammatory response in the lungs, causing your pet to have trouble breathing.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.
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 Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
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.
- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital