UPDATE JULY 2, 2022: Living in a hot, filthy, outdoor pen in Alabama with no parasite prevention is a sure way to end up with heartworms and we are so sorry to say that that is exactly what happened to Heidi 💔 Now, this poor 4 year old girl is going to have to undergo months of terrible heartworm treatment because her breeder, who was making money off her, couldn’t put $8 a month back in her to protect her from heartworm disease 😡
Heidi will need to undergo heartworm treatment but first we have several other infections we need to get taken care of. Are you surprised to hear that she also has a raging urinary tract infection, terrible ear infections, and bothersome ear mites? We didn’t think so. Heidi has been asked to take care of litter after litter of puppies, when no one was taking care of Heidi. Not even in the most basic sense! Are you as furious as we are yet?! 😤
Heidi is now in her loving foster home in Harvest, Alabama working on getting healthy. She’ll return to the vet on the 12th for a recheck and to see if we can begin heartworm treatment which starts with 30 days of being on Doxycycline. Treatment takes several months and we will be sure to keep you posted along the way 🙏🏻
PSA 🚨 Heartworm prevention is extremely important! There are SAFE and EFFECTIVE and AFFORDABLE products out there and your dog depends on you to provide it to them, every month! No excuses! No dog should ever suffer with heartworm disease!
UPDATE JULY 19, 2022: Sweet 4 year old Heidi returned to the vet last week for a recheck following her intake vetting and spay surgery. You may remember that Heidi tested positive for heartworms at intake and so we dove deeper at her recheck appointment to learn more about her stage of heartworm disease. Sadly, Heidi is “strong positive” or “high positive” and her chest xray revealed some damage already being done by the heartworms 🪱 Heartworm treatment is a very time consuming process and starts off with being on Doxycycline (an oral antibiotic) for 30 days. We would have loved to have already started the Doxy to get this process going, but of course Heidi has been suffering with other infections that also need oral antibiotics and that need to clear before we can start the month long Doxy. Her recheck revealed that she is now all healed up from her spay surgery and dental, just got a clear urinalysis following treatment for a bad urinary tract infection,
her wonky CBC has normalized, and no ear mites were found on her recheck ear cytology. Now that the ear mites are gone, we can treat her bacterial and yeast ear infections more aggressively. With all her improvements, she has just been given the green light to start the 30 days of Doxycycline. After the 30 days of Doxycycline, she must then complete a 30 day “wait/rest” before she goes in for her first of what will be 3 total heartworm treatment injections. They are deep, painful, intramuscular injections to the lower back leaving them very sore. It absolutely breaks our heart that Heidi has to pay the price for the irresponsibility of her owner/breeder 💔
Without treatment, Heidi would die a very horrible death from heartworms and so as much as we hate she has to go through this, we are keeping our eye on the prize - the gift of a long, healthy life ahead for Heidi full of family, love, freedom, and fun, and NO heartworms! You got this, Heidi 💪🏼