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Chatham-Kent Heartworm Disease Cases Are On The Rise

The vast majority of heartworm-positive cases in Canada happen right here in Southwestern Ontario. Heartworm disease is transmitted from dog to dog through mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it takes in tiny heartworms, which it then transmits to the next dog it bites. Heartworms then mature in the dog’s bloodstream and collect in its heart and blood vessels.

Heartworm larvae can grow over 12 inches in length and can do immense damage to a dog’s heart and lungs. Heartworm is particularly dangerous for dogs because it takes several months for the symptoms to start showing. If the proper treatment is not administered, Heartworm disease can be fatal.

Indications your dog may have heartworm include fatigue, weight loss and coughing.

Ensuring Your Dog Is Protected
Preventing heartworm disease in your dog is simple. Just visit one of our Chatham-Kent clinics (Merritt Animal Hospital, Dresden Veterinary Clinic and Sydenham River Veterinary Office) to pick up preventative medication that will keep your dog safe during mosquito season. You can also have your dog tested for heartworm disease to ensure the condition is not already present.

Give us a call at 519.360.4508 to book your appointment.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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. OPERATING HOURS

Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.>/i>

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

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team