Barkley, April 2003
Barkley was funded by the generous participants of the Michigan Lab Gathering 2002.
Poor Barkley was in a lot of trouble when his rescuer found him. A group of kids on bikes had surrounded the stray chocolate Lab and were pelting him with rocks. A good-hearted college student took the terrified dog home with her and tried unsuccessfully to find his owner. At a vet clinic in Germantown, TN, Barkley tested positive for heartworms. Although his heart was enlarged from the infestation of heartworms, the outlook for a complete recovery was good. The vet provided a nice discount for treating a rescued dog, and Lab Rescue of Memphis put Barkley's rescuer in touch with LABMED for help in funding the treatment.
Barkley is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Barkley is one of the lucky dogs who can look forward to a healthy life as long as he receives a heartworm preventative on a regular basis. Heartworm is spread to dogs by mosquito bites and is detected by a blood test.
Prevention of heartworms is easy, but the treatment is hard on a dog. Heartworm preventatives kill the immature worms in a dog's blood and have little or no effect on the dog. Killing the adult worms is very stressful for a dog, requiring hospitalization and four weeks of limited activity to prevent damage to the lungs as the adult heartworms die.
Please help us to educate dog owners about heartworm disease. Not everyone is aware of how life-threatening heartworms can be and how easy it is to prevent them. There are very few areas of the US where heartworm is not a threat to the health of dogs for at least part of the year. Administering heartworm preventative on a regular basis is an important part of responsible dog ownership!
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