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Bruiser2, February 2004

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Seven year old Bruiser had been living a sad and lonely life, confined in a small outdoor pen with little human interaction for many years. A kindly neighbor took note of Bruiser's plight and eventually talked the owner into surrendering Bruiser to her care. A trip to the vet in Charleston, SC, revealed that Bruiser had heartworms along with a severe ear infection and some serious skin problems. Bruiser's new owner could take care of most of his medical needs, but contacted LABMED for help in paying for the needed heartworm treatment.

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