Heartworm Testing Services for Pets

True or false: Most dogs only show signs of heartworm about six months after the initial infestation. Unfortunately, the answer is true! These parasites may look innocent enough, but they can cause irreversible organ damage, heart failure, lung disease and even death if left untreated. Unlike intestinal worms, heartworm can infiltrate the heart, lungs, blood vessels and other organs making way for several complications. With the help of our team, you can stop your pet from getting them in the first place. Call us at 905.885.8151 to learn how to protect your furry family member.

How can I protect my pet from getting heartworm?

The best (and easiest) way to prevent heartworm is by getting your pet on a heartworm preventive medication. There are many options available with different formulations and dosing schedules we can guide you on. The important thing to remember is pets need to be on a medication all year round. Missing just one or falling behind on your schedule can leave your pet unprotected.

What are signs of heartworm in pets?

When you start to notice persistent coughing, weight loss and reduced activity levels in your pet, they probably already have a serious parasitic infection. As we mentioned above, heartworm is virtually symptom-free in its early stages or if the pet has a small amount of worms. Regular check-ups are another way to screen for heartworm in your pet. A simple blood test is all it takes to check for heartworm.

How can pets get heartworm?

Your pet can get heartworm from a bite of a mosquito. Please note pets can still get heartworm in the wintertime. For example, if your pet was bitten in the summer, the larvae can develop if you skip their medications during the winter months. They can grow into adults and when you start the medications in the spring, it will no longer be effective on the mature heartworm. Mosquitos can also survive indoors in the colder months. In fact, approximately 30% of cats get heartworm in the winter – including those who live 100% indoors!

Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic