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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, 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 905-664-4888. 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital