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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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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Effective Tuesday March 1st, we will once again be allowing one pet parent to accompany their pet into their appointment. We will continue to allow two family members to attend end of life appointments.

We are happy to accommodate with a curbside appointment should you prefer or if you are feeling under the weather.

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- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital