Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is a parasite that is carried by mosquitoes and affects our pets through the warmer months. We recommend all dogs be on heartworm prevention. A simple blood test can be taken any time to detect this, and an easy once-a-month tablet or topical treatment prevents it. For both dogs and cats, this same treatment also assists in flea and roundworm prevention. What could be easier?

The other benefit of using heartworm and flea preventative monthly is that it also treats for a wide variety of other parasites. Please take the time to review what you may have been missing protecting your family.

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

Unfortunately, heartworm is not easy to detect without doing a blood test. The problem is that if a dog is infected, he or she won’t normally start to develop symptoms until the heart function is already being affected by the infestation of adult worms.

How does a dog get heartworms?

Heartworm is passed by mosquitos.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

Heartworm prevention is inexpensive and can be easily given in the form of a topical liquid or a chewable tablet. This is given once a month between June and November. Treating a dog already infected with Heartworm is long, complicated, and potentially lethal. This is why we recommend prevention.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


#. NEW PET OWNERS

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital