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.
In Alberta and Saskatchewan, we don’t worry about the threat of heartworm, but there are areas of Canada and other countries that heartworm is a concern. Mature heartworm can cause damage to the heart and lungs. They are passed by mosquitos through infected bites and can occur in dogs and cats. We recommend speaking with your veterinarian if you plan to travel with your pet. We carry heartworm preventative medications to keep your dog safe from being infected while you are away from home.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
Some signs may include; laboured breathing, coughing, reluctant to exercise.
How does a dog get heartworms?
Heartworm disease happens when an infected mosquito bites your pet and enters the dog’s bloodstream.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Once diagnosed, treating heartworm infection is a very lengthy process. Course of treatment will be determined by your veterinarian.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
The severity of heartworm in dogs is directly dependent upon three main factors;
1) The number of worms present in a dog’s body.
2) The duration of the infestation.
3) The response of the infected dog fighting off the infection.
As the disease progresses, the treatment method becomes increasingly more invasive.
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 - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Crossroads Animal Hospital