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 an infectious disease spread by biting mosquitoes. Infected animals can develop heart and lung disease, and these can be fatal. Fortunately, heartworm cannot be contracted in our area. It is endemic to warmer areas such as the southern Okanagan and the southern United States.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
The most common signs associated with heartworm infection include coughing, lethargy (or exercise intolerance), blue or pale gums, spitting up blood, or bloating in the abdomen.
How does a dog get heartworms?
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm in its larval stage that has been spread from a mosquito after it has bitten another infected animal. The larvae circulate throughout the blood until they find a home in the major vessels that feed the heart and lungs where they then develop into large worms.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Please consult with your veterinarian for prevention options for your dog. Dependent on the time of year, destination and length of stay will determine the best practice of heartworm control for your dog. Generally, heartworm prevention involves treatments for at least one month before, the months during, and three months following travel to heartworm endemic areas.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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 us. 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: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic