Katie2, January 2004
When a lovely yellow female Lab and her puppies were abandoned by their owner, the Heartland Humane Society in St. Peters, MO, took them in. Like many unwanted dogs, Katie had never received heartworm preventative and was diagnosed with heartworms at the shelter. Although the Heartland Humane Society is overwhelmed with stray and abandoned dogs, Katie's sweet personality drew special attention to her plight.
Katie is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Katie is one of the lucky 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!
LABMED was pleased to receive this note from the Heartland County Humane Society:
Thank you so much for your generous donation to us to help Katie. (We) have a family that wants to meet her this weekend, they sound very nice and have another dog, she really likes other dogs so this would be great. We again are very appreciative of the donation, we have our hands full in Lincoln County with it being so rural and no animal controls or actual shelters.
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