Candi, May 2003
Candi is the May Max's Memorial Fund Dog
On what turned out to be a very lucky day for Candi, a volunteer with the Heartland Humane Society of Missouri spotted the young black Lab running down the middle of a heavily traveled two-lane road. Cars and trucks were speeding by in the sparsely populated rural area, and it was truly a miracle that Candi escaped unharmed. All attempts to find the owners of this pretty, well-behaved young Lab were unsuccessful, and after her mandatory "stray hold" was over, Candi was ready to find a new family. Unfortunately, though, Candi tested positive for heartworms.
Candi is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Candi is one of the fortunate dogs who can look forward to a healthy life as long as she 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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