Heartworm clinic days at Fox Memorial Clinic enable pet owners to obtain this important service for their dogs for a reduced fee. All heartworm clinics are by appointment only. Pre-payment is required and is non-refundable.
- March 20, 2020, 1-4 pm
- April 3, 2020, 1-4 pm
- April 17, 2020, 2-4 pm
The appointment will consist of a heartworm-only test, and if the test is negative, preventatives are available to purchase, along with mail-in rebates for even more savings. A more comprehensive heartworm test (4dx), which includes additional testing for Lyme, ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis, can be done during a regular exam visit, and is not offered during these clinics.
The veterinarian will discuss the test results during your appointment. If your dog tests positive for heartworm, it’s highly recommended you schedule an exam to discuss further diagnostics, treatments and medications.
Please bring your current rabies vaccination certificates with you to your appointment. If your pet is not up-to-date on rabies, you will receive the vaccination for $15. FMC cannot accept invoices or receipts as proof of vaccinations.
The Fox Memorial Clinic cannot schedule appointments for aggressive dogs for the safety of patients, clients, staff and volunteers.
Important information about heartworm:
In New England, spring and summer mean the emergence of insects. Some insects can cause significant health problems and diseases that can be VERY serious. Some illnesses caused by insects do not show symptoms until it may be too late for treatment to be effective.
One of the most common diseases carried by insects is heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal illness that is transmitted to dogs through mosquito bites. There are at least 30 different species of mosquitoes that can carry and transmit this disease. The most obvious symptoms are a soft, dry chronic cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nervousness, weight loss, listlessness, rough hair coat and loss of stamina.
The parasites are detectable (at maturity, which is about 6 months after entering the patient) through the administration of a commonly used antigen blood test. This is typically performed at your annual veterinary appointment.
The American Heartworm Society recommends annual testing for several important reasons:
- Busy families may forget to give the heartworm preventative medicine on a regular basis.
- Dogs often get into things that cause them to vomit. If this occurs while the dose you just gave is still in your pet’s stomach, your pup will be without protection for an entire month.
- Early detection and treatment are always best in handling any illness. If your pet becomes infected and diagnosis does not take place in a timely fashion, irreversible heart and lung damage may occur.
- Finally, some tests now combine the detection of heartworm along with other significant diseases like Lyme, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis, also known as a 4dx test. Annual testing is highly recommended.
If your pet tests positive for heartworm, treatment is absolutely necessary, or the outcome may be fatal. Once treatment has concluded, it is important to begin a regimen of heartworm preventative treatment so that your dog does not become infected again.
If your pet tests negative for heartworm, you should continue with the heartworm preventative treatment prescribed by your veterinarian in order to keep your dog healthy.