Thursday, July 12, 2012

Heartworms STINK!

I hate, hate, HATE heartworms!!! Why do humans keep letting us get sick and die over something that's so easily preventable? One little pill a month to keep us safe, and it doesn't even cost very much!

Around 75% of LBR dogs come into our program heartworm positive. Each one of them has to go through heartworm treatment, which is miserable. The treatment alone is three days, and then you have to spend four entire weeks of bedrest! With as active as boxers are, that's sheer torture. But if you don't stay completely calm and non-excited, the dying heartworms could form a clot and give you a heart attack or a stroke. Treatment is definitely no picnic! Because of the precautions LBR volunteers take, we very rarely lose a dog to heartworm treatment. But every now and again, we're reminded of just how dangerous it can be.

Godspeed, sweet little Jane Eyre. You'll run free at the Rainbow Bridge now, without all those yucky wormies. I'm sorry we didn't get you in time to save you.

PLEASE make sure your humans give you heartworm preventative!!

On a happier note...

Keep those entries for KEEP AWAY coming!! Be creative -- we just need to see you keeping something away from a furiend, sibling, or human. You can send them to me at dreagoddess(at)gmail(dot)com. Please give me the name of all competitors and a link to your blog if you have one! Remember you can only have ONE entry per competitor.

Entries received so far:

Dachshund Nola and Boston (
Declan (
You can see a list of the ENTIRE Blogville Olympics schedule PLUS the email addresses to send your entries into on Frankie Furter's post here. I'm entering as many events as I can manage. It's exhausting, but so much FUN!


  1. Humans do not understand the importance of keeping us on the pills... 1x a month isn't so hard, is it?

    Poor baby girl. Run free, darling!

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That makes us very very sad. We are so sorry. There are three Taysia Blue pups undergoing treatment right now. Hate it!


  3. Poor Little Jane Eyre. Today is our day for our heartworm and flea and tick treatments. Thanks for the reminder.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  4. Run Free and FAST little Jane Eyre. What a SHAME. I know that the monthly treatment is not cheap... but I still don't understand why peeps don't FIND a Way to get it.... OR at LEAST surrender so that the INNOCENT ones WILL get the prevention they so deserve.

    Wow... your list of Athletes has GROWN.. KEEP AWAY is such a GRRRREAT Sport... I hope MANY MANY more get into it.

  5. Aww! We are so sorry to hear about Jane Eyre! It is so easy to prevent, like you said.
    The Olympics are sounding mighty exciting!

  6. I am so sorry to hear abut Jane Eyre. I know she is running free, healthy and happy at the bridge.

    Your pal, Pip

  7. We don 't get it either...
    Benny & Lily

  8. Poor baby.Rest in Peace sweet Jane.

    the critters in The Cottage xo

  9. You must remember most of the time the dogs that get to LBR weren't in the hands of responsible pet owners in the first place. Sad but true.