Sara2, November 2003
Sara, a black Lab from Tennessee, is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Sara 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. Sara was found with several problems. She had a hip problem that needed surgery, an eye infection, and Demodectic mange. Her hip surgery had to wait for her heartworm treatment to be completed.
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!
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