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Lurch, September 2003

Lurch

This young chocolate male Lab must have had a guardian angel watching over him as he was running loose in traffic on a busy street. A dog-lover stopped her car, opened the door, and Lurch jumped right into the back seat and put his head on her shoulder. When no owner could be found for the friendly Lab, his rescuer took him to a vet in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where Lurch tested positive for heartworms.

Lurch is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Lurch 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 many 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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