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.

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Dog Heartworm Test

Dogs are infected with heartworms by mosquitos that are carrying the heartworm larvae. Once infected, the larvae travel around the bloodstream and end up in the heart where they mature into full-grown worms. They can cause a lot of damage, even death. Early detection and regular prevention are important to expediently treat this debilitating disease.

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


The time to maturation of the larvae can take many months, so often clinical signs show up when the disease is very advanced. For these reasons, annual testing is strongly recommended.

How does a dog get heartworms?


Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted by infected mosquitos.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?


Heartworm prevention medication is the best and most cost-effective way to keep your dog safe. Should your dog become infected with heartworms in the heart and lungs, treatment is available, but this is a costly procedure with serious potential associated risks. We encourage you to take the necessary steps to proactively safeguard your pet’s health.

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Last updated: August 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

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. 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 Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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!

- Your dedicated team at Centretown Veterinary Hospital