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Heartworm Treatment

By Dr Jennifer Merry BSc(Agr) DVM Spring is here – which means soon we will begin testing Ontario dogs for heartworm. The blood test is taken 6 months after the last possible date of exposure the year before. In this area, that means April 15. Due to a large selection of easy to administer monthly […]

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So About Heartworm…?

Part 1   Thanks to increased media attention, most people have heard of heartworm, but may not understand how it can affect their pets. Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes and affects domestic dogs and wild canids (eg foxes and coyotes). Cats can very occasionally have a low-level, transient infection […]

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Heartworm & Wellness Testing April to July 2015

Like all of us, your pet’s health will change as he or she ages.  Pets age more rapidly than humans, meaning that health changes can happen quickly, and they have no voice to tell us when things are not right.  Just as your doctor would recommend for you, annual Wellness Screening can be an important […]

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Heartworm – What You Really Need to Know

Seriously…do we even have heartworm in Ontario? Unfortunately, we do. There are several hundred cases in Canada each year, with the bulk of them (about 70-75%) being in Ontario – that means over 150 cases within 100 miles of Clappison Animal Hospital were reported in 2014. Don’t forget, these are only the cases that have […]

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Heartworm, Parasite & Wellness Testing April to July 2015

Like all of us, your pet’s health will change as he or she ages. Pets age more rapidly than humans, meaning that health changes can happen quickly, and they have no voice to tell us when things are not right. Just as your doctor would recommend for you, annual Wellness Screening can be an important […]

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Diets and Dog’s Hearts

Recently there has been a suggestion of a link with some dogs developing heart disease while eating some foods.  That’s a lot of variables at play. So let’s look at what we do know.

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