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.

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Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Heartworm is present in Ontario. It is a potentially fatal, parasitic roundworm that is spread through mosquitoes. Heartworms affect the blood vessels in the lungs and the heart and can have fatal consequences. Your dog can be a host for heartworm but it can also infect cats and wildlife living in your surrounding area. For more information, visit our Heartworm Testing page.

What are the symptoms of heartworms in a dog?

In early stages of heartworm there are no symptoms. This is a big reason for why we do yearly testing. Symptoms of advanced heartworm disease may include exercise intolerance, lethargy, coughing, and difficulties breathing. Your dog could lose consciousness and may even cough up blood.

How do dogs get heartworm?

Heartworm disease is transmitted from an infected dog to another dog via mosquitos. It cannot be passed directly from dog to dog.

What are the treatment options for heartworm?

The most complete and rapid removal of heartworms from the chest is accomplished by a series of powerful injections to kill the adult parasites. It can be very expensive to treat the adult form of heartworm, not to mention risky for the patient. It is much easier to prevent the infection from becoming established through the use of monthly preventative from June 1st to November 1st.

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There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital