Emergency Hospital Open 24 Hours a Day

204.452.0911
Heartworm Testing for Dogs

Heartworm Testing for Dogs

Many parasites such as heartworms can live inside your pets and greatly affect their wellbeing. As a pet owner your first option is always early detection and prevention. It is important to have your veterinarian perform testing to identify possible heartworms inside your pet companion. The test requires a small amount of blood from your pet, the blood is examined for the presence of heartworm proteins. At Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre we perform our heartworm testing on site and relay the results back to you from our lab.

 

 

What is heartworm disease in pets?
Heartworm disease is a serious and life threatening illness in pets. Foot-long worms called heartworms live in organs such as the heart, lungs and blood vessels. If left untreated the heartworms can increase in number and damage vital organs. These parasites can lead to lung disease and heart failure in your pups.

When should I get my dog tested for heartworms?
We recommend testing dogs annually for heartworms. The test can be carried out during the routine veterinary exam. Even when dogs are on heartworm prevention medication they still need to be tested yearly as they can still become infected.

What are signs of heartworms in my dog?
It is difficult to spot all the symptoms as many dogs rarely show symptoms in the early stages. As the disease progresses symptoms will develop, or if they have other health problems the signs may be easy to spot. Here are some signs to look out for in your canine friends:

  • Persistent cough
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Heart failure

What can I do to prevent heartworm in my dog?
Heartworm medication is a great option for prevention. As fur parents you will need to follow a strict prevention program as any late or missed doses can leave your pet open to infection. Our veterinarians would be happy to discuss the types of medications and which one would be best for your pet.

Last updated:September 14, 2021 

Bridgwater Veterinary Hospitalis committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. 

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE 

 EMERGENCY CASES 

Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

NEW PET OWNERS 

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.