Dog Heartworm Test

Living on Vancouver Island comes with many perks, one of those perks is not having to worry about heartworm infestations without pets. That being said, there are still areas within BC where heartworm is prevalent. You should always discuss heartworm with your veterinarian if travelling with your pet; especially if you plan on escaping south of the border this winter!

What are the symptoms of heartworms in a dog?

Although we do not see incidences of heartworm here on Vancouver Island, symptoms would include a chronic cough along with exercise intolerance and is typically associated with a history of travelling.

How do dogs get heartworm?

Dogs can contract heartworm from mosquitos which have taken a blood meal from an already infected dog.

What are the treatment options for Heartworms?

The best treatment for heartworm is prevention! There are several great products available through your veterinarian, many of which also work on fleas and other internal parasites. If travelling to a heartworm area, it is recommended to treat your dog with a monthly preventative such as Revolution or Advantage Multi (administered topically) or orally with Interceptor. It is also recommended to do a follow-up treatment within 30 days of returning from a heartworm prevalent area.


Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need during Treat Week! Feb 24 - Mar 1

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need. Van Isle Veterinary Hospital will be baking more than 70 dozen cupcakes, cookies, squares and treats in the hopes of beating last year’s donations of $2600 (in just 7 hours!). Many local businesses such as Finders Keepers, Old House Notary, ABC Printing, Kal Tire, 50th Parallel, Stu Tunheim – Wealth Management, Bosleys, Westview Ford and Monica Parkin – Coast Capital Savings are showing their support early with special pre-orders to help animals in need. A special shout out to Cumberland Bakery for donating 12 doz of their delicious donut holes to help us reach our goal. Each year the team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is blown away by the support from within the community as well local businesses who pull together for this great cause.  Don’t miss out on Monday! Come early to get your favourite treats. Baked goods will be available from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm or when they sell out. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available, as well as special cupcakes for our four-legged friends to enjoy too.   By Candice Pacholuk

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