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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