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Dog Heartworm

Dog Heartworm Test

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.


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Last updated: February 12, 2021

Dear Clients,

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

3. 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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- 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