Scary Fact: Up to 250 heartworms can live inside a single pet! Although small in size these light-coloured worms can cause irreversible organ damage in your pet’s hearts and lungs (where they tend to burrow). If left untreated, heartworm can even be fatal. That being said, regular consultations and ensuring your pet gets heartworm protection drugs are enough to keep them protected from these dangerous pests. Call us to find out how we keep our patients heartworm-free. Just dial (902) 865-8110.
Take our Heartworm Questionnaire before coming in for your appointment.
Where do pets get heartworm?
Your pet can get heartworm when they are bitten by a mosquito that has been infected. Once bitten, heartworm eggs will be introduced inside your pet. They will then grow into adults, mate, and reproduce more and more heartworm. Heartworms can live for an average of 5 to 7 years. Male heartworms can grow to about 7 inches long, while females can reach a maximum length of 12 inches. Yikes!
How do I know my pet has heartworm?
Before anything else, we cannot stress enough the importance of regular check-ups – at least once per year! This is because at the early stages of infestation, or if your pet only has a small amount of heartworm, there are often little to no visible symptoms. The infestation can be in the later or severe stages once your pet begins to show signs like a potbelly, weight loss, persistent coughing and chronic fatigue.
How can I rid my pet of heartworm?
Please call our veterinary team right away and do not attempt any home remedies you may come across from unreliable sources. After a thorough assessment with one of our veterinarians, therapies like pills, injections or surgical removal may be prescribed.