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Heartworm Testing for Dogs

These parasitic worms may seem harmless – many say they look like stings of spaghetti – but they can cause serious medical harm to your pet. They can forever damage your dog’s hearts and lungs. Plus, if heartworm is left untreated, several hundreds of them can live and reproduce inside your dog. If you think that your pet may have heartworm, please call our team right away at 705.742.4243.

How can pets get heartworm?

Your loyal companion can get these parasites from the bite of a mosquito. Other animals such as cats can also get heartworm, but dogs are their ideal host.

What are the symptoms of heartworm?

The scary thing about heartworm is that at first, your pet will display little to no symptoms of having them. For this reason, coming to the hospital for regular wellness exams and making sure that they are updated on their preventative medication is key. As heartworms grow and reproduce inside your dog, symptoms will become more visible. Constant coughing, weight loss, swollen stomach, fatigue, difficulty breathing and walking are some of the most common signs that you may notice.

What are the treatment options for heartworm?

Before anything else, it’s important that your pet is on regular preventative medications against heartworm (and other types of parasites). Remember that even missing just one dose can leave your pet unprotected. Heartworm treatment can take many months, several manual removals, injections, and even lifestyle modifications that can disrupt your routine. We cannot stress enough that prevention is key when it comes to heartworm.


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Rabies is one of the oldest and most feared viral infections of all time. Despite having a vaccine available, every year, there are 55,000 human deaths worldwide. Of the 25 human deaths from rabies in Canada, the most recent was in 2012, and all happened after exposure to bats. In Canada, there were 239 cases of animal rabies in 2017 and 183 in 2018.

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Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 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 again!

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital