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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/
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.388.8880. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc. for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.