Heartworm Testing Services for Pets
These thin, spaghetti-like worms may look harmless enough, but they can cause irreversible organ damage and even death if left untreated. They are particularly dangerous because once your pet has been infected, they will only begin to show symptoms in late stages or once the infection becomes severe. Your furry friend may have hundreds of heartworm living and reproducing in their heart, lungs and blood vessels before you notice anything wrong. This is why regular preventive drugs and check-ups are key to protecting your pet. Call us at 403.452.2060 to find out more about our heartworm testing services here at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.
How often do pets need heartworm testing?
Although each pet will require different dosing schedules, most should undergo testing at least one per year. Even if your pet is on heartworm preventive medications, falling behind on your schedule or missing just one dose can leave your pet vulnerable. Annual testing are an important safety net when it comes to protecting your pet from these harmful parasites.
How long does a heartworm test take?
From start to finish, testing usually takes about 15 minutes. Essentially, we draw a sample of your pet’s blood and analyse it for antigens of heartworm. We are able to provide rapid results due to our in-house laboratory.
What are signs of heartworm in pets?
Some things you should watch out for are a swollen belly, constant coughing, fatigue and weight loss. If not heartworm, these can also be signs of other serious health conditions. Please call our team right away so we can get to the bottom of your pet’s case.