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.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. 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 705-789-7979. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. 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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. Alternatively, you can order from our online store at http://www.myvetstore.ca/muskokavet
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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.