Heartworm Testing

Using preventive medication to protect pets from one of the deadliest internal parasites.

Heartworms are internal parasites transmitted to your cat or dog when they are bitten by infected mosquitoes. The worms can live inside your loyal companion and go undetected for up to six months. While living inside the gastrointestinal tract they can grow up to 12 inches, reproduce, and in many cases make their way to the heart where they do the most damage. Without treatment, these worms can live for up to five years inside your dog/cat causing various health issues that can be fatal.

When should my loyal companion be tested for heartworms?

Annual testing is key, especially before your cat or dog is given heartworm preventatives. If you live or frequent areas with a high infection rate your loyal companion should be tested every season. To schedule a heartworm test for your cat or dog, feel free to call us at 204-589-8381.

What are signs of heartworms in dogs and cats?

In cats, a heartworm infection will cause respiratory issues; they may also experience vomiting, seizures, coughing, and asthma attacks. The infection will cause damage and inflammation to their lungs and blood vessels. Due to the fact that dogs are better hosts for heartworms, their symptoms can be more severe and deadly. Here are some symptoms to look for:

  1. Difficulty breathing 
  2. Persistent dry cough
  3. Fainting 
  4. Fatigue
  5. Weight loss
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Dark, bloody, or coffee-coloured urine

How can heartworms be prevented in dogs and cats?

Heartworm preventatives can give your loyal companion the protection they need from infected mosquitoes. Prevention medication can be in the form of liquids, tablets, or vaccines. These preventatives must be administered exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. Dogs must be vaccinated against heartworms every 6 to 12 months.

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