We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Currently, the risk of your pet contracting a Heartworm infection in Kamloops is quite low. If your pet has travelled to areas such as the Southern Okanagan, Ontario or the United States, however, they may be at an increased risk of being exposed to heartworm. Please talk to your veterinarian prior to travelling to high-risk areas and about having your pet tested for heartworm infections when you return home.
If a dog has heartworm, what symptoms should I look for?
Coughing, shortness of breath, panting, exercise intolerance, nose bleeds, sudden death
How does a dog get heartworm?
Dogs can get heartworm from getting bitten by mosquitoes that are infected with heartworm larvae. The larva will then develop within the dog’s skin, then move into the bloodstream. Once it is in the bloodstream it will migrate into the heart and pulmonary arteries where it will mate.
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
Treatment options vary depending on the degree of heartworm infection. In severe cases, treatment comes with significant risks. Prevention is key when it comes to heartworm disease! Your veterinarian may recommend regular heartworm prevention if your pet is considered at risk.
Why is recovery for heartworm treatment so challenging?
In order to successfully treat heartworm disease, all life stages of the heartworm need to be killed in stages and successful treatment can take months. The presence of heartworm causes inflammation. When adult worms are killed, they can cause a blockage in an artery which can put your dog’s health further a risk. Your veterinarian will be able to stage the degree of the heartworm infection and make recommendations based on your pet’s health to minimize risks of treatment.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic