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.

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Dog Heartworm Test

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.

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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

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.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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

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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital