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Heartworm Testing for Dogs

Your pet can get heartworm from being bitten by infected mosquitoes, which can cause serious health problems in your furry friend. When they reach adulthood, these parasites can grow to a foot long and have the ability to block major blood vessels and cause blood clots. Rest assured, our team is here for you and your pet, if ever you come across a heartworm infestation.

What are signs that a dog has heartworm?

First of all, a proper check up with our veterinary team is the best way to know for sure if your pet has heartworm. That being said below are some telltale signs that you can watch out for. If you notice your pet displaying any of these symptoms, it is best to contact us immediately so that your pet can undergo proper analysis and can be treated ASAP.

  • Persistent coughing that is dry
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fainting
  • What happens when a dog is tested for heartworm?

    In order to test for heartworm, a sample of your pet’s blood needs to be taken. The blood sample is then tested to see if any heartworm proteins are present. On average, it takes about 24 hours for results to be obtained.

    How do you get rid of heartworm in dogs?

    Once we have confirmed that your loyal companion has heartworm, there are a number of different things we can do to treat them, depending on the severity of infection and the kinds of symptoms that your pet displays. Typically, your pet will be given injectable medications that are designed to kill the heartworms that have infected them. Activity restriction and cage rest can also sometimes be prescribed as increased movement can further the spread of heartworm.

    Last updated: Sept 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    - Your dedicated team at Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital