Heartworm Testing for Dogs

Heartworm testing detects harmful parasites that can wreak havoc on organs like the heart and lungs.

Unfortunately, we live in a region where heartworm is quite prevalent. Your loyal companions can be infected with these harmful creatures through one bite on an infected mosquito. Heartworm can be potentially fatal, and causes irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the lungs and the heart. It is more common in dogs, but cats can also be infected with heartworms. To learn about how you can protect your pet, simply call us at 519-307-2510.

What are the symptoms of heartworms in a pet?

The most common warning signs are:

  • Fatigue
  • Laboured breathing
  • Fainting spells
  • Blood release when coughing

What are the treatment options for heartworm?

Ideally, your pet is taking monthly preventative meds all year round, but especially during the spring and summer seasons, as it is much easier to prevent the infection from happening. If your pet is infected with heartworm, the treatment can be costly and potentially risky. The most complete and rapid removal of heartworms from the chest is accomplished by a series of powerful infections to kill the adult parasites.

Can I get rid of heartworm without going to the veterinary clinic?

As you may know, a quick search on the internet will lead you to several at-home remedies for getting rid of these parasites. It really is best to leave treatment to your veterinarian, especially due to the dangerous long-term effects of heartworm disease. You can save time and money by consulting with our team, instead of trying potentially unsafe DIY methods.

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