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.
Alberta does not typically experience high heat for long periods of time, heartworm does not persist in our environment and therefore, is not a big problem here in Alberta. We focus on prevention if pets are known to travel to places where heartworm is prevalent.
Some symptoms of heartworm can be a mild, persistent cough, feeling tired after very little exercise, or not wanting to eat. These can also be symptoms of other diseases as well.
How do dogs get heartworm?
Heartworm is transmitted through mosquitos. Yes, those pesky little bugs that cause those itchy little bumps on you can carry the heartworm larvae that is fatal to dogs if left untreated.
What are the treatment options for heartworm?
The best treatment options for heartworm is to prevent it before it even happens. Here at Mill Creek, we provide heartworm treatments that come in a chew tablet form or a topical form. Infested animals can be treated, however, it can be a difficult and lengthy process.
Why is recovery and heartworm treatment challenging?
Treatment for heartworm is difficult because it must be treated in stages and recovery is a lengthy process.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 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 Mill Creek Animal Hospital