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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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