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.
Heartworm is a fatal disease transmitted to your dog from the bite of an infected mosquito. If you are travelling with your dog outside of Alberta (excluding Saskatchewan) they require heartworm prevention medication. Our veterinarians recommend performing a heartworm test every two years on your dog to ensure they do not have heartworm disease before treatment is given. A heartworm test requires a blood sample from your dog; it is interpreted by our in-house lab machine for quick results.
Most of the time your dog will not show any symptoms. Early signs can include coughing and more severe signs include weight loss and fainting. A heartworm test is the best method to see if your dog has contracted heartworm disease. If you have any questions about heartworm, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.
How do dogs get heartworm?
Heartworm is a fatal disease passed to your dog from an infected mosquito biting your dog. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to heartworm. If you are planning on travelling with your dog outside of Alberta (excluding Saskatchewan) they will require heartworm medication. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you are planning on travelling with your dog.
What are the treatment options for heartworms?
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to heartworm. Topical and oral treatments are available to you through our veterinarians to help prevent heartworm. When travelling outside of Alberta (excluding Saskatchewan) it is important to give your dog prevention medication. If they should get heartworm our veterinarians will provide a treatment plan and go over it with you as it is a case by case treatment. If you suspect your dog may have heartworm contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Recovery and treatment are very difficult because once the worms mature they travel into your dog’s heart and other organs. It can be a lengthy and dangerous process. Heartworm disease requires an individualized treatment plan to ensure the least possible organ damage. Our veterinarians will discuss numerous option available if your dog is diagnosed with heartworm.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures effective Monday, July 6, 2020.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email email@example.com. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.
2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 403-342-6040.
We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns over the phone.
A staff member will then meet you at our ‘NOSE’ or ‘TAIL’ doors and escort you and your pet into one of our exam rooms.
One client per pet in the exam room.
Masks must be worn in the hospital at all times. Please bring your own mask. If you do not have one, we will supply you with one.
Use hand sanitizer once you enter the exam room.
Washrooms are for staff use only.
3. PAYMENT METHODS
Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.
4. CURBSIDE PICKUP
We will continue curbside pickup for food and medications. Please call ahead of time, and we will get your order ready. (You can also use our online store and have your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
5. 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.
6. OPERATION HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!
Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital