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Dog Heartworm Test

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.

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Last updated: February 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

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

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 - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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