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 transmitted from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes bite an infected dog, and in doing so, pick up young heartworms and then transfer them to another dog when they bite it. Heartworms settle in the heart and large vessels to the lungs and can cause severe disease and are fatal if left untreated.
In the early stages of heartworm disease, you probably won’t even know your dog is affected. As the disease progresses, the first sign you will notice is a cough. You may also notice your dog’s appetite decreasing, or your dog may have less energy than normal.
How do dogs get heartworm?
Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease between dogs. When an infected dog is bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito picks up immature heartworms. Those “baby” heartworms are then transferred to another dog when the mosquito bites it.
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
According to the American Heartworm Society, the treatment for dogs with heartworm disease involves a series of three deep muscle injections spaced approximately one month apart. Other medications are often given during this time to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the treatment.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Treating heartworm disease has many challenges. Giving the deep intramuscular injections are very painful. During the recovery phase, your dog’s activity must be severely restricted. Due to the nature of the way heartworms die during the therapy, there is the potential for an anaphylactic reaction to occur, or for an embolus (or clot) to form, leading to an emergency situation.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Briarwood Animal Hospital