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.

Dog Heartworm Test

While typically not found in Huntsville, heartworm is trending further north each year. Heartworm is transmitted by pesky mosquitos that inject a larval stage into the body, where it eventually migrates to the heart.

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

Symptoms to watch for would include coughing and exercise intolerance.

How does a dog get heartworms?

Infected mosquitos transmit heartworms into the body that slowly migrate as they mature.

What are the treatment options for heartworms?

There are a couple of different options for treating heartworm. Your dog could be prescribed heartworm prevention medication. It will prevent your dog from infecting other dogs and will also help with preventing the heartworm from getting worse. The other option is to get rid of the microfilaria and adult worms.

Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?

Recovery can be challenging because after the adult heartworms are killed, the body has to deal with breaking them down and ridding them from the bloodstream. As they die, there is potential for the body to have a significant reaction. A smaller heartworm burden may not be as challenging to treat.

Last updated: May 29, 2020

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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & 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 Muskoka Animal Hospital