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.
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.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit and debit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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
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