Heartworm Prevention

When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your dog or cat. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.

In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.

Although often thought to not be susceptible to heartworm infection, cats can indeed get heartworms. Cats can suffer from a syndrome referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD); the symptoms can be subtle and may mimic those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Signs of respiratory distress, such as rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, and panting, are common. Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting (typically unrelated to eating), and loss of appetite or weight. Heartworm infection is more difficult to diagnose in cats than it is in dogs.

Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention—and it can actually kill your dog. There is no approved treatment for cats. Some cats spontaneously rid themselves of the infection; others might not survive it. And even one or two adult heartworms in a cat can cause serious problems.

Fortunately, there’s a way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We can recommend a regimen of prevention for your pet.

Location Hours
Monday7:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday7:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday7:30am – 8:00pm
Thursday7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday7:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday9:00am – 5:00pm

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Phone: 613-932-4094
Fax: 613-932-6770
Email: [email protected]

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Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital
1155 Lola Street Ottawa, ON Canada, K1K 4C1
613-745-0123
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2616 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1T 1M9
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2300, 54th Avenue, Montreal (Lachine), H8T 3R2
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About Us

Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. St Lawrence Valley Animal Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.


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