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, which is transferred by mosquitoes, can cause major health issues for your pet. Heartworms can live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. This can cause lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Clinical signs are not present during the early stages, this makes preventative measures extremely important.
If a dog has heartworms, what symptoms should I look for?
Signs of heartworm infection can include; a persistent cough, lethargy, intolerance to exercise, loss of weight and appetite.
How does a dog get heartworms?
When an animal is bitten by an infected mosquito, larvae are transferred into their bloodstream. The larvae then grow into adult heartworm over the next 6 months. Heartworm can live in the infected animal for up to 7 years.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Your veterinarian will create a treatment protocol specifically for your pet. This may require your pet to be monitored in-hospital while taking certain medications. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the parasites.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
After undergoing treatment, your dog will need time to recover. Increased activity during recovery may slow down your pet’s recovery time. Your veterinarian will review a proper recovery plan for your pup.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
Continue the use of credit 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. 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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
5. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital