Jessie2, March 2003
Jessie was rescued from a local animal control shelter by Greene County Animal Farm in Paragould, AZ. This young yellow male Lab had been a stray and no owners came forward to claim him. The friendly young Lab tested positive for heartworms, although he was in good health otherwise. The fact that Jessie was blind in one eye did not slow him down in any way!
Jessie is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Jessie 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 hard on 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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