season in Canada normally begins in May with heartworm tests and then prevention
starts June 1st. With our current
unseasonably warm weather we have had clients see mosquitoes and fleas in the
past few weeks, so this year you may start your pet’s heartworm and/or flea
prevention on May 1st.
is recommended a heartworm test be done every other year before medicating.
This is to make sure your pet has not been exposed to heartworm before starting
the prevention. If your pet has a large number of worms in the heart and takes
prevention medication this would kill the worms all at once and could block the
do not need to be treated for heartworm, only fleas, so they do not require a
receive your pets’ heartworm and/or flea medication please note the following:
We must have seen the pet within the
past 12 months. At the most recent examination there must not have been any
on-going health concerns.
The pet must either have a current negative
heartworm test or have had a negative test last year to receive heartworm
Puppies born after October 1, 2011 do
not need a heartworm test.
Heartworm tests are done by a veterinary technician and must be booked ahead of time.
If you come in for the heartworm test you may pick up the medication at the
If your pet has been seen within the last year, on the last
visit your pet was healthy, and your pet had a negative heartworm test last
year, you may call ahead to pick up the medication. If your pet is a cat they
do not need a negative heartworm test.
If you plan to call in for the medication please note: ALL
the heartworm and/or flea medication we carry are prescription products and we require 48 hours to review your
pets’ records, get the veterinarian to approve the prescription and to label