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Heartworms can be a fatal disease spread by infected mosquitos. Luckily, so far in Atlantic Canada, we do not see a lot of this infection. However, that does not mean that it is not going to make its way to our province, Ontario and the United States have a high number of infections. Therefore, we ensure that our pets are always protected during the mosquito season.
Unfortunately, dogs will not show signs of heartworm, until they become seriously infected. Some symptoms can include a cough, short winded, difficulty breathing and CHF (congestive heart failure).
How do dogs get heartworm?
A mosquito first needs to take a blood meal from a heartworm infected dog. The young heartworm will need to grow to what we call the L3 stage (which takes about 2 weeks), before it can become infectious.
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
There are different degrees of treatments, depending on the severity of the heartworm. The general treatment is a series of injections deep into the muscle. If the heartworm is severe to the point of causing sudden collapse and Congestive Heart Failure, a heart specialist would need to intervene in order to remove the worms surgically.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Depending on the treatment prescribed, recovery for this disease can take up to 2 years. It can also be dangerous. As the worms begin to die, they break up, during this time there is a chance that the pieces cause a blockage in the heart. It is very important to keep your dog quiet during this critical time.
Riverview Animal Hospital has recently undergone a lot of changes! Renovations have turned our hospital into a completely new one! Not only have we doubled in size, but we have added new departments within the treatment areas of the hospital.
Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.
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.
- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.
- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.
- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.