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Jonas, December 2003

Jonas

Jonas is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Jonas is one lucky Lab, thanks to a rescuer who pulled over to the side of the road where the young Lab sat patiently as if waiting to be picked up. Upon examination, this well-behaved Lab was found to be heartworm positive, and he developed pneumonia during his heartworm treatment. Fortunately he fared well and now shares his foster home with another adopted Lab, a Shih Tzu, and two cats who love to share his dog bed. Now Jonas can look forward to a healthy life as long as he receives a heartworm preventative on a regular basis.

Heartworm infection 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 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 United States 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 part of responsible dog ownership!

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