Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
In the spring, you may hear people talking about Heartworm Disease and you probably ask yourself, what is heartworm disease? Heartworm is a parasite transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. The baby worms migrate through the bloodstream and develop into adults in the blood vessels of the heart. In Ontario, the goal is to prevent infection with Heartworm and keep your dog happy and healthy and able to live a full life.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
The most common symptoms are decreased exercise tolerance, coughing and episodes of fainting. Many heartworm infections are diagnosed in dogs who have no symptoms at all.
How does a dog get heartworms?
A mosquito carrying the baby or larval stages of the parasite bites a dog and transfers the worms into your dog’s blood.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
We focus on preventing heartworm by administering monthly preventive medication during the warmer months (June through to November). Treatment for heartworm includes several injections of a drug designed to kill the heartworm parasite within your dog.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
It is really important that your dog stays calm and rested during the treatment of heartworm disease to prevent any dead or dying worms from becoming lodged within the blood vessels of the heart or lungs.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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!