Dirofilaria immitis - 🐶❤️🐛 While adult heartworms live in the heart of an infected dog, the babies (microfilariae) are found in the blood stream. That’s what you can see wriggling around in the center of this blood smear! Heartworm is commonly seen in dogs originating from the southern U.S. and is one reason why it is so important to make sure your dog is given a Heartworm prevention such as Sentinel Spectrum every month, year-round and kept up-to-date on their annual 4Dx test #heartworm#vetmed#backbayvet
H4PR Pupdate and important PSA. Abbey & Teddy are best friends, always playing & running around the house together. But, lately Abbey has been hanging out on the couch, resting, and Teddy's been keeping his eye on her, sensing his girl isn't feeling well. It came as a huge shock to us but Abbey recently tested positive for Heartworm and is now undergoing heartworm treatment. She gets her heartworm preventative on the same date each month and never misses a dose so we were understandably surprised & dismayed.
Our founder, Laura, researched it, and talked to Carla of Harter's Hospice Rescue, who has a program that helps pet owners get their dogs tested & educates others on heartworm, and unfortunately, preventative isn't 100% effective and some dogs do slip through the cracks. Carla advised us she gives her dogs, and her rescue's dogs, their preventative every 25 days, instead of 30. It's a habit we're going to adopt. Please use heartworm preventative on your dog year-round. It is so important and will keep your dog from a grueling 3 month treatment that is very expensive and is hard on their bodies. Preventative is not expensive and you can get it at a great price at Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic.
Check out this face (not mine) this little one and a half eyed lady came from a puppy mill. She had litter after litter for almost six years. Her nails are the longest I've ever seen on a Pug (and that's saying something). She has almost no viable teeth and was heartworm positive when she came to @angelsleftbehind. Molly is our foster Pug.
Double tap if you know why heartworm prevention is important for your pet.
Year-round heartworm prevention is easy, just one dose a month.
You could buy eight years of heartworm preventative for the cost of one post-infection treatment.
Click the link in my bio to read the latest post, The Case for Year-Round Heartworm Prevention
Molly is the case for me.
📸 in article: @nathanhanna, @jessicadvega
We took a short break from Instagram, because Wednesday morning we were given the news: Lou can return to normal activities! So we’ve been #celebrating , living life, walking, finally cutting down those nails, and fulfilling postponed #zoomies . (Unfortunately couldn’t get a good video of that, as she’s far too fast.)
Lou had her direct smear, which is where #microfilaria are looked for under a microscope. She was negative, as she has been for quite some time. And with no other issues or complications, Lou’s doctor gave us the go-ahead to gradually get back to our every day routines. Lou’s not so keen on the gradual part, but for now I’m just holding off on letting her run at full speed across long distances. So it’ll be about two weeks before we visit the dog park, but otherwise I’m letting her be active to her heart’s content.
All that’s left now is to retest Lou in six months to make sure all the adult worms have died off. She’ll also be getting a new form of #HeartwormPrevention next month. #Proheart is an injectable prevention that lasts six months. After that time and the retest, I’ll decide if we’re sticking with Proheart or trying a different prevention. It’s all about what works best for Lou so that she’s negative for the remainder of her long, healthy, and happy life.
This has truly been such a hard journey, but one I’m happy we took. It’s clear that Lou feels so much better than before. With #heartworms out of the way, we can focus on her other health issues fully and hopefully get those under control. I only wish we could’ve done this sooner, though it took all this time to figure out how best to treat Lou safely and comfortably.
And we couldn’t have gotten through this process without help. The support, patience, and knowledge of my family, Lou’s vet, techs and friends, and of course, y’all has meant so much. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.
This is a baby heartworm (also called microfilaria) seen with a microscope. Did you know that adult heartworms can reach up to 12 inches in length? Heartworm disease is spread through the bite of a mosquito. Once inside its host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into an adult heartworm. No matter the length of your dogs coat, the “cold” temperatures outside, or that your pet only goes outside to potty, don’t forget keep your pets protected all year round with monthly prevention. It will save you and your pet heartache and your pets life!! #protectyourpets#preventionischeaperthantreatment#heartworms#heartwormprevention#heartwormdisease
I'm a bit worried and a little sad and so tired. I wen't to the vet 4 days ago with a bit of a cough 🤧 After 3 days off collecting my 💩 they found out that I have some French parasite worms in my heart and lungs. So today they called my daddy and told him, we had to go and see them again, to get a shot and some medicins for the worms. They also said than I look healthy and the worms probably haven't done much harm. But we will sort that out, after they are gone from my body. The worst think is, that I probably got infected, in my favorite doggy park. So now I can't go there for a long time 😭 Watch out for these nasty worms 😤
Right now i'm a bit tired and just wan't to sleep and be near my two worried daddies and the rest of my family - hoping for the best ❤
Heart Worm Prevention❤️
I get asked a lot by pet owners what the big deal is with heart worms so let’s dive into this topic!
Heart worms are parasites that are transferred to pets by infected mosquitoes. When a dog gets heart worms, the larva develop in the dog and move to the lung vessels and the heart where they become adults.
As you can imagine, this can lead to inflammation, thickening of vessels, increased pressure, all culminating into chronic, passive congestion and pulmonary hypertension.
This is bad news for our pets! But the good news is is that heart worm disease is preventable!! .
Every healthy dog should be on a heart worm preventative! Do you need to give prevention even in the winter time... yes people! Do you need to give prevention if your dog just goes outside to tinkle and that’s it...absolutely. Any time your pet is not on preventative, he is at an increased risk of getting heartworms. This is not to scary you but to inform you so that you can be the best pet parent out there!
The cost of prevention is much more affordable then the cost of dealing with a pet that has heart worms. .
There are different options to choose from when it comes to preventatives, so speak to your local veterinarian to figure out what works best for you and your furry friend! .
The next few weeks are gonna be super rough for Loki as well as our family. Most of you probably saw our previous story about Loki, but if you didn’t, Loki was a rescue that we adopted in September of 2017 from @petsmart (through a local rescue). We were told from the rescue that Loki had been treated for heart worms, and that he was heart worm free. Well, as you can guess, it wasn’t the case. He ended up testing positive for heartworms. So, for the last month or so, he’s been being treated with antibiotics to kill the bacteria (so that the heartworms can’t reproduce), and tomorrow he goes in for the big step, the shots in the back to kill the heartworms. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? That’s what I thought too. Unfortunately not only are the shot excruciatingly painful, but he has to be on “bed rest” (confined to a cage or a single room with little to no Exercise) for 6 weeks, and will be in a lot of pain for days afterwards. It’s terrifying.
I say all this to say two things.
1. Please please PLEASE make sure your dog has monthly preventative. It not only can save their life, but it can save you money in the long run so you don’t have to pay 300-1000 for treatments later on.
2. Please places like @petsmart look into what rescues you are allowing to adopt out dogs at your facility. Not only is their a case like Loki’s, BUT while we were waiting on the paperwork to be done they found another dog on the side of the road, and without trying to find the owner for this puppy (maybe the dog had run away!?) they just stuck him in a cage and tried to adopt him out, and make money off of him.
Amazing what a lil love, some good nutrition and deworming (she had tapeworms when rescued) will do for a gal. Macy Gray, you were a good momma and now it’s time for you to live the good life too just like your babies.
Macy is thriving in her foster home, gaining weight as she undergoes the doxycycline portion of her heartworm treatment. Once medically safe as determined by a licensed veterinarian, she will undergo heartworm treatment and then be available for adoption.
To contribute to the costs of Macy’s heartworm treatment, please consider donating to PJs PayPal. Even $5 helps tremendously in the efforts to save Macy and other heartworm positive dogs. ❤️
Elle is barking “OH!” and congratulating Brenda F for winning the Sentinel Heartworm prevention raffle! A big thanks to all our clients who participated and Virbac for sponsoring. Note: puppy not included in raffle winnings 😊
This picture is why we recommend Heart Worm Prevention and Flea/Tick Prevention year round! 1- HWP has a dewormer in it , it’s not just for heart worms! 2- flea/ tick season is at its prime right now... cold in the morning and warming up/ thawing by the afternoon. Please help protect your pet (and your house 😱😜) and give your pet it’s heart worm/ flea and tick prevention every since month, year round! #mah#heartwormprevention#fleaandtickprevention#fleaandtickseason
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TEN DOGS can get tested and get a shot of ivermectin on our dime.
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