Memphis2, April 2003
Time was running out for several stray Labs in a Memphis, TN shelter when a volunteer from a small all-breed rescue organization heard about their plight. The Road Home Animal Rescue group rescued all of the Labs, including the lovely 5 year old black female they called Memphis.
Memphis was a very gentle and loving Lab who had evidently been well trained at some point in her life since she responded promptly to basic obedience commands. When she was taken to a vet to be spayed, Memphis was exhibiting the soft cough typical of heartworm-positive dogs. Sure enough, she tested positive for heartworm.
Memphis is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Memphis 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!
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