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Dog Heartworm Test

Heartworm is an internal parasite that enters the bloodstream from mosquito bites, and the adult parasite lives in the major blood vessels and even in the heart. It can be potentially fatal as it interferes with normal circulation. Thankfully, due to the climate in Alberta, heartworm is not present in our area (our temperature cools off too much at night for the parasite to survive in our mosquitoes). With that said, there is heartworm present elsewhere in Canada and the United States.

If you travel with your pet outside of Alberta, please inform your veterinarian, and they can discuss the specific parasite risks for your region of travel, as well as recommendations for prevention and treatment. If you are concerned that your pet has travelled to an area with heartworm without proper prevention or treatment, please call us and we can schedule an appointment to assess and treat your pet as needed.

Last Updated: December 14, 2020

COVID-19 ALERT

Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY effective December 10, 2020.

The details of this policy are outlined below:

Services such as nail trims will be temporarily unavailable as we focus our efforts on urgent cases. If your appointment is not of an urgent matter and can be postponed, we ask that you please reschedule to free up space for patients that need immediate attention.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,

The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital