IN-HOUSE LABORATORY TESTS: In-house blood tests can be of great value in Emergency HEARTWORM testing prior to starting any dog who is 6 months of age or older on HEARTWORM preventative medication. This is CRITICAL since starting a dog that has heartworm disease on a heartworm preventative medication can cause that dog to die. Heartworm disease is spread from dog to dog by two mosquito species that live everywhere in San Diego County. San Diego County is NOW considered a Heartworm Endemic area. The canine reservoir for the infection is our coyote population.
OUTSIDE LABORATORY TESTS