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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.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital