1.  Why should I have my pet tested for heartworm?
  • Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. the earlier it's detected, the easier it is to treat.
  • There are often few, if any, signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test is important.
​2.   What is a heartworm test?
  • A heartworm test is simple and only requires a small blood sample from your pet.
  • A heartworm test works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins. 
  • The test may be read right at the clinic or sent out to a laboratory.  If a pet tests positive, further tests may be ordered.
3.   When will my pet be tested for heartworm?
  • Yearly testing is the standard of care and is recommended by the American Heartworm Society.
  • If a pet is showing signs of heartworm disease, such as coughing or stress during exercise, your veterinarian may order a test.
  • A heartworm test may be part of screening before surgery to help reduce the risk of complications.
  • Your Veterinarian may test your pet before giving heartworm medication for the first time.
  • Test for heartworm every 12 months.
  • ​Give heartworm preventive 12 months a year.

What does it mean to be an AAHA certified hosptital?

​​The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits companion animal veterinary hospitals in North America.  To Become accredited by AAHA, our hospital must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service, and be measured against the most rigorous standards in the veterinary industry.

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation cover these and so much more:
  • Our team members are regularly trained in pet CPR so they can act quickly if your pet faces an emergency.
  • We provide nutritional assessments and counseling to help you make informed decisions about your pet's diet.
  • Dental procedures are performed by trained team members who follow the highest standards of dental care for your pet.
  • Our team is always up to date and trained on the latest veterinary best practices in caring for your pet.
  • A practice team member will be dedicated to monitoring your pet while he or she is under anesthesia.
  • We consider pain assessment and control a valuable part of your pet's visit, which helps promote faster healing and comfort.
  • ​We are trained to handle your pet gently and safely, which minimizes stress during the veterianary visit.