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Heartworm Testing for Pets

Heartworms are parasites that can greatly affect the well-being of your pets. Prevention of heartworms is strongly advised as an infection can be life threatening. If left untreated heartworms can result in heart failure, lung disease, organ damage and even fatality in pets. Here at Southglen Veterinary Hospital we provide treatment and a prevention plan to keep your loyal companions safe.

What is heartworm disease in pets?

Heartworm disease is contracted through the bites of mosquitoes. The worms live inside mosquitoes for a short period and mature/produce offspring in pets, especially dogs. The worms are called heartworms because the adults live in the heart, blood vessels and lungs of the infected animal.

What are signs of heartworms in my pet?

Signs of heartworm disease are dependent on how severe the infection is. In some instances, there are no signs if your pet was not infected for a long time or there may not be a lot of worms living inside your pet. The symptoms your pet display can range from mild to life threatening if left untreated. Here are signs you can look for:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Persistent cough
  • Heart failure

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    How is heartworm disease diagnosed in my pet?

    Blood testing is commonly used to diagnose heartworm disease in pets. Our team will perform lab work to confirm the presence of heartworms. Our veterinarians may also run tests to examine kidney and liver function as well as X-rays for the chest and ultrasound of the heart. If an infection is confirmed our veterinarians will provide appropriate treatment.

    How can I prevent heartworm in my pet?

    Preventative treatment should begin very early. Your veterinarian may prescribe monthly medications in the form of tablets or topical liquids. Your pet will also need to get their shot for heartworms every 6-12 months. Some heartworm preventative treatments are effective against other parasites, be sure to ask your veterinarian for more insight. Schedule your pet’s heartworm testing appointment at 204-452-0077.

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    Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Pick-up Only)

    5. 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!

    - The team at Southglen Veterinary Hospital