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.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. 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 Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital