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Heartworm – Information to Know Before Adopting a Dog
November 20, 2018
Recently there has been a vast movement in bringing shelter dogs from the southern USA (where high kill shelters are abundant) to adopt in more northern regions. While this is great in that more dogs are finding homes, PLEASE be aware that heartworm is a REAL risk when adopting one of these animals. Here are some things to consider before adopting a southern belle/gentleman into your home:
1. Heartworm tests can take up to 6 months post infection to turn up positive (for example, if a dog contracts heartworm in April, a test may not be positive until September). This is to say that if a dog tests negative at the time of adoption, it does not mean it will still be negative six months from then.
2. Monthly administration of a heartworm preventative for a “slow kill” treatment approach should not be done. Heartworm is a SERIOUS infection that kills dogs, and this type of approach is often ineffective and dangerous.
3. The recommended treatment method is a series of drug injections over several months’ time that could also kill the dog if the worm burden is heavy enough and costs a significant amount of money.
4. Heartworm positive dogs coming into our province act as reservoirs for infection of our healthy dogs at home – most of which are not on a monthly preventative as it is not considered necessary here (yet).
This information is by no means meant to discourage adoption but to bring awareness of heartworm to our clients and friends so that all the resources are available to them when considering bringing home a potentially heartworm positive dog. This issue is close to home for Dr. O’Hanley – she treated her own dog for heartworm after she adopted her from Georgia during vet school. For more information on heartworm, please visit the American Heartworm Society website at https://www.heartwormsociety.org/
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. If you are arriving for a booked appointment with a doctor, please call from your vehicle when you arrive. We are now allowing 1 family member per appointment into the exam room. You can choose to remain in your vehicle if that is your preference.
Credit & Debit card payments preferred.
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: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - 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!