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.

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Dog Heartworm Test

Dog Heartworm Test

We don’t need to worry about Heartworm here in Alberta. It appears Heartworms are unable to survive our temperatures in Alberta or Saskatchewan. Heartworm is passed by mosquitoes through infected bites and can occur in both dogs and cats. Heartworm is an internal parasite that lives in the bloodstream of infected animals and matures into adult worms within your dog’s heart and lungs. These mature worms can cause significant damage to the heart and lungs. We recommend if you travel with your dog, then you should use preventive medications to ensure your dog does not become infected.

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


Symptoms of infection include coughing, exercise intolerance, laboured breathing and weight loss.

How does a dog get heartworms?


Heartworm is passed by mosquitoes through infected bites.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?


Treatment of heartworm infection is quite intricate, and each case is assessed individually. If the heartworms are killed too quickly, this can result in embolism and shock. Most vet clinics will refer out to a specialist clinic.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?


It can be challenging due to the severity of the case and the drug protocols used. Treatment can be slow and may involve painful injections for your dog.

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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to 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!

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic