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New Heartworm Test: 4DX

Spring has officially arrived and veterinary clinics all through Ontario are busy getting ready for heartworm season. Dog owners across the Province are starting to receive their heartworm testing and prevention reminders. The truth is it is not just about heartworm testing anymore. Why? With the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases, the annual trip to the veterinary office for a heartworm test has taken on a new importance.

At Fairmont Animal Hospital we now use a blood test referred to as 4DX – this blood test is not only checking for heartworm infection but it is checking for the presence of several other diseases that are spread by ticks – this test screens for 4 different problems with one single blood sample. It screens for heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. Most pet parents are educated and aware of the risk of mosquito-borne heartworm disease, but not many are aware of the risks involved with tick-borne diseases. Ticks carry Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis – so at Fairmont when we send out our annual reminders for blood testing we are no longer testing your dog for a single disease.

Why is this blood test important for your dog? Ticks have emerged as the new threat for disease transmission and annually checking for tick-borne diseases is just good medicine. As the veterinary staff, we want the best for your canine companion and we know as an owner you do too. Annual blood testing just makes sense – help keep your dog protected, by testing and using both heartworm prevention and tick control.

If you would like to discuss the 4DX test in more detail, please call one of our team members at 519-453-2940.

Written by Marie Hearn

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.

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 - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 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 Fairmont Animal Hospital