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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a parasite that is carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworm is prevalent in both southern parts of Canada and the United States during the warm months, or year-round in the southern states. Heartworm is easily preventable with oral or topical treatments recommended by your veterinarian. If left untreated heartworm can lead to fatal heart damage, early detection is important.

What are the symptoms of heartworms in a dog?

Symptoms often mirror that of heart disease; coughing, exercise intolerance, panting.

How do dogs get heartworm?

Heartworm is transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes carrying heartworm larva. When the mosquito bites your dog, the larva is passed into the bloodstream. The larva then migrates and attaches to the heart muscles. As the larva grown it begins to crowd space inside the heart and creates damage to the heart muscles.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

There is only one treatment available for dogs with heartworm. Injections of an anti-parasitic medication must be injected on a schedule set by the veterinarian. Injections are costly and can be high risk. The earlier a heartworm infection is diagnosed the better outcome for the dog.

Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?

Treating and dogs recovering from a heartworm infection can be very challenging both medically and physically for the dog. Due to the parasite affecting the heart, cardiac complications are a prominent concern. Depending on the severity of the infection, long-term heart damage can occur.

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Feline Urinary Obstruction - “THE BLOCKED CAT”

Obstruction or blockage of the urethra (the tube which transports urine from the bladder out of the body) is a condition that male cats, particularly those that are overweight, are predisposed to.

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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic