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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, 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 us. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital