Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted via mosquitoes. In BC, the area most impacted is the Okanagan. Although we have a low incidence in the lower mainland, prevention is easy. Should you have any concerns or travel with your pets, please contact our office to discuss options for prevention.

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

The most common symptom of heartworm is a mild cough. Your dog may also exhibit exercise intolerance, lethargy, and a reduced appetite.

How does a dog get heartworms?

The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. It is through the bite of an infected mosquito that heartworm is transmitted. Since there is no way to tell if a mosquito is infected, prevention is the most important step to stopping your dog from getting infected.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

Prevention is the key to treating heartworm. There are several options to choose from, and our staff would be happy to help you select the one that works best for you. Plus, most of these products help to prevent against other parasites as well, including fleas!

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?

As heartworms invade the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels, treatment can have serious risks, depending on the severity of the infestation.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of March 2nd, 2022:

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. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital