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.
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.
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 Monday, March 30, 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 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic