We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic