Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic