Buddy22, July 2003
This typical friendly black male Lab was picked up as a stray by animal control workers for the humane society in Clayton County, GA. The humane society notified Georgia Lab Rescue that the 7 year old had not been claimed by anyone and was in need of rescue. Like many strays, Buddy tested positive for heartworm.
Buddy is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Buddy 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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