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Boomer, April, 2007

Boomer is the Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund Dog for April, 2007.

Boomer

Boomer's owner turned him in to a shelter for digging in the yard (a behavior he didn't repeat in his foster home). Unfortunately, he tested positive for heartworms. The humane society caring for Boomer contacted LABMED for help with his treatment.

Boomer is just one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED.

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 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. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, and there are very few areas of the US where heartworm is not a threat 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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