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.
A dog can be infected with heartworm when bitten by a mosquito that is carrying heartworm larvae. The larvae travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and the major blood vessels of the heart. The larvae then mature into adult worms and can multiply in large numbers. It takes about six months for heartworm infection to be detectable on a blood test.
What can we do?
Heartworm disease can cause irreversible damage to the lungs and heart and can be potentially fatal. Signs of heartworm disease include a persistent cough, exercise intolerance, decreased appetite and weight loss. Recommendations will be discussed with you during your appointment, there are multiple medications designed for the specific needs of your pet.
How do we treat?
Treatment of heartworm disease involves multiple hospitalizations, injections and pain medication. Since the treatment has significant risks and expense, it is strongly recommended to prevent heartworm infection rather than dealing with the disease.
What do we recommend?
Prevention is much less expensive than treatment and involves administering a monthly topical or oral medication from June to November. Dogs who travel to the U.S. may need to be on prevention all year round because of differences in climate. For adult dogs, we recommend testing for heartworm every year when not on a preventative product, and every two years when on prevention. For puppies, we recommend testing two years consecutively, starting at a minimum of 6 months of age. Testing involves taking a small blood sample and running a 10-minute test in-clinic. Early detection of heartworm infection can prevent some of the damage caused by the disease and can make treatment safer.
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 23, 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 613-544-7387. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital