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Heartworm Test

Heartworms are parasitic worms that can spread and grow in the bloodstream, often localizing around the heart and lungs. Heartworms cause serious disease and can even lead to mortality. Mosquitoes are the vectors of heartworm and can transmit these worms to your dog when they bite. Luckily, heartworm is not common in Alberta, but can be common in other areas around Canada, including British Columbia. Check with one of our veterinarians before travelling to see if your dog could be at risk.

If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?


Heartworm disease, like many other diseases, can range from mild to severe in health risk. In the initial stages of infection, dogs can be asymptomatic. As the worms grow and multiply symptoms begin to reflect many of the same symptoms as heart disease. Often in the late stages of heartworm disease dogs present with coughing, lethargy and intolerance to exercise.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?


The best treatment for heartworm is good prevention. Here at the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we have a variety of products that can help protect your pet from being at risk of contracting heartworm disease. If you have entered an area where your pet was at risk of getting heartworm, you can still treat your pet within one month of exposure to easily eliminate heartworm from your dog’s body. Once your pet has been diagnosed with heartworm and becomes symptomatic, treatment options become more aggressive and difficult.

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We Are AAHA Accredited

The Airdrie Animal Health Centre was founded in 1982. It has expanded over the years to 5 Veterinarians, 3 Registered Veterinary Technicians, 5 Receptionists, and over 12,000 patients. The clinic became a fully certified American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) veterinary clinic in 1999. Airdrie Animal Health Centre continues to hold itself to the high standards of AAHA by being reviewed and inspected every 3 years. These are standards that are followed to ensure your beloved, furry family members receive the care they deserve and they are the only clinic in Airdrie to do this extra step.

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