We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our staff and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. If you have travelled outside Canada or come in contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the past 3 weeks, or if you are feeling unwell, (coughing, fever, fatigue, etc.), please contact our clinic. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment or help arrange to see your pet safely.
2. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-285-0002. We will take a history by phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and you will get another call from the Doctor to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
3. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
4. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.
5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 4-6 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.
6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Westbridge Veterinary Hospital