While Nova Scotia may not be considered a heartworm endemic area, often times our pets travel with us to areas where heartworm may be a concern. We offer in-house screening for clients wishing to have their pet tested or concerned their pet has been exposed. We offer to test in conjunction with one of the many monthly products available for prevention of this harmful parasite.
Coughing is the most common symptom as well as exercise intolerance, weight loss and fainting.
How do dogs get heartworm?
Heartworm is transmitted via a bite from a mosquito that is carrying the parasite that causes heartworm (dirofilariasis).
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
Treatment options include adulticides and larvicides. Specific products can be discussed with your Veterinarian.
Why is the recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Depending on the number of worms present the treatment causes the worms to die and begin to float through the circulation system. The dead worms can lodge in blood vessels blocking blood flow. The body can also react in an allergic-like way to the drug administered or to the degrading dead worms.
Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event. It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof. Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip. As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017: A pet is lost every seven seconds
One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime
Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home
When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number. It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets. Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag. The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it. A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip. With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away. When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info. It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date. If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information. Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide. If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended. Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator Edited by Janis Wall, RVT
The health and safety of both you and our staff is our top priority. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe by following our COVID-19 policies:
Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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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 Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital