Derry village animal clinic

32,7070 st. barbara blvd.
MISSISSAUG, ontario l5w 0e6

(905)670-1414

www.derryvets.ca

Heartworm Testing & Lyme Testing

 

We do in clinic heartworm tests that takes 5 minutes to preform and can be done during your visit with us. This just tests for heartworm only.

If your pet has been exposed to ticks then we recommend doing a more comprehensive test called Accuplex which screens for Lyme disease, heartworm, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma (tick borne diseases). We use our outside laboratory for this test and takes about 24 hours for us to get the results.

Even if your pet is on Flea and Tick prevention we still recommend testing for lyme if they have been exposed to ticks as a preventive measure.

 

Heartworm Prevention

When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your dog or cat. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.

In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.

Although often thought to not be susceptible to heartworm infection, cats can indeed get heartworms. Cats can suffer from a syndrome referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD); the symptoms can be subtle and may mimic those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Signs of respiratory distress, such as rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, and panting, are common. Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting (typically unrelated to eating), and loss of appetite or weight. Heartworm infection is more difficult to diagnose in cats than it is in dogs.

Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention—and it can actually kill your dog. There is no approved treatment for cats. Some cats spontaneously rid themselves of the infection; others might not survive it. And even one or two adult heartworms in a cat can cause serious problems.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We can recommend the best regimen of prevention for your pet.