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Dog 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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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre