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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is just like it sounds; they are parasitic worms that live in the dog’s heart. Dogs can be infected with heartworm from being bitten by a mosquito. The larvae travel through the bloodstream into the heart, where the worms grow and can block major vessels. Thankfully, heartworm is not very common in Nova Scotia at this time.

If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?

Heartworm symptoms can include weight loss, fatigue, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. If your dog is not acting like themselves, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

How does a dog get heartworms?

They can get heartworm from being bitten by a mosquito.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

There are many dewormers that can aid in preventing heartworm. Please speak to your veterinarian about the best choice for your dog.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?

Depending on when a heartworm infection is diagnosed, there may already be severe and lasting damage to the heart. When treating heartworm infections, allergic reaction to the dying worms can occur as well as embolism within the lungs.

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Last Updated: January 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 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!

- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital