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.
Heartworm is a dangerous parasitic infestation. The heartworm parasite is transmitted through mosquitos. Heartworm larvae enter the bloodstream and will travel to the heart where they will grow into large worms. This has a detrimental effect on cardiac function. In areas where heartworm is prevalent, routine testing is highly recommended. Regular prevention is the best way to protect your dog from heartworm.
We typically do not see heartworm cases in Alberta, however, symptoms can include: a chronic cough, lethargy, exercise intolerance, high blood pressure
How do dogs get heartworm?
Heartworm is transmitted through mosquitos. A mosquito who has fed off an infected animal can transfer heartworm larvae to multiple hosts through bites. If you plan on travelling outside of Alberta with your dog, we recommended preventative treatment.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Treating heartworm can be challenging and we truly believe prevention is the best treatment. If your pet is diagnosed, our veterinary team will create a tailored treatment plan that is best suited for your pet.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
A heartworm infection is challenging to treat, due to the habitat of the worms. Full grown heartworms reside in blood vessels within your dog’s heart & lungs. When adults are killed, there is a risk of blockages within those vital organs, therefore, treatment can be a difficult and lengthy process.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
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. 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic