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Heartworm Testing

Heartworms are a type of parasite that can create serious problems for your furry friend. The disease is mostly seen in dogs, but can also cause respiratory problems in cats. Heartworms are extremely dangerous for your pet because they often go undetected until they have greatly multiplied. If left undiagnosed and untreated, heartworms can lead to blood clots, lung disease, heart failure and even death. To protect our cherished patients from becoming infected, we strongly encourage regular testing and preventative treatment.

How are heartworms detected in pets?

To detect heartworms in your loyal companions we must run blood tests. When your furry friends are bitten by mosquitoes, larvae are transmitted to their bodies where they develop into adult heartworms. The heartworms live inside the heart, lungs and blood vessels. If your pet is infected there will be heartworm proteins in their blood and their vital organs may be affected. Our veterinarians may also perform X-rays or ultrasounds to further detect the presence of heartworm. Once your pet is diagnosed with heartworms, we offer immediate treatment as the disease can be fatal.

What are signs of heartworms in pets?

The symptoms of heartworms worsen based on the amount of worms that infected your pet and how long they’ve been infected. This means that the signs of heartworms range from mild to life-threatening. With that being said, here are some signs that may indicate your pet should be tested for heartworms:

  • Constant dry coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fainting

    If you are concerned about any of these symptoms in your pet consult with a veterinarian ASAP. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 403.637.3928.

    Why should my pet get tested for heartworms?

    We recommend testing your beloved pet for heartworms regularly so the disease can be caught early and treated. Each pet should be tested for heartworms once every year. Testing is generally recommended before your pet begins preventative treatments or if they live in areas where there is a high level of infection. Plus, even if they are on heartworm medication, they may still get infected if their doses were late or forgotten.

  • Last updated: November 19, 2021

    We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all our clients that have been so patient with us during the current pandemic situation. We are happy to announce that we are open again!

    We are kindly asking that our clients still wear a mask when they are in the building to protect themselves and our staff. Our waiting room will be limited to one client at a time. All our staff will also still be wearing their masks and taking care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces and sanitize in between clients and patients as we have always done.

    If you are uncomfortable entering the clinic, please do not hesitate to call and we are happy to serve you and your pet curbside. As always cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash for safety and liability reasons.

    We know that these have been trying times for everyone, but rest assured your pet is still receiving the highest quality of care that you have always known from our veterinarians and staff members.

    If there are any concerns or special circumstances, please feel free to discuss this with our staff and we can take it into consideration.

    - Your dedicated team at Cremona Veterinary Clinic