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Maggie8, February 2003

Maggie8 is the February Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund Dog.

Maggie8

This sweet young black female is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Maggie was rescued from an animal control shelter by Lab Rescue OK, Inc. in Tulsa, OK. She is one of the lucky dogs who can look forward to a healthy life as long as s/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.

Maggie settled down nicely in her foster home after her initial heartworm treatment. She lost no time in making herself right at home, helping herself to the couch and sneaking into various beds for a snuggle! Once she has spent a few quiet weeks recovering from the heartworm treatment, Maggie will be ready to find a wonderful new family of her own.

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