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Dog Heartworm Test

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.

What are the symptoms of heartworm in a dog?

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.

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Last updated: June 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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