Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beating Stage 2 Heartworm Positive

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McQuinn was Stage 2 (moderate) so he had a series of 3 Immiticide injections, following the course of medications and supplements.  With Stage 2, McQuinn had his first Immiticide injection and then waited a full month before having the next two within a 24 hour period, so he had 3 months of strict inactivity.

The protocols used by Col. Potter are very effective, with the initial medications killing the microfilaria (small eggs/worms) and the injections killing the large worms (11 - 14" long).  The inactivity is difficult, but essential as the bloodstream must absorb all of the dead worms.   Activity or anything that makes the heart beat faster can cause a dead worm clot to be thrown (like a blood clot) and that can be deadly for the dog.

The good news is that once McQuinn got through his successful treatment, after which he too was able to romp and play, he now has the chance to live a normal, happy and healthy life with his Forever family!
An average of six to eight times each year, Col. Potter rescues a heartworm positive Cairn, giving them the chance to overcome this dreadful condition and live a happy, healthy life.  The prescribed treatment program runs an average cost of $1,000, and is not for the faint of heart, requiring a dedicated Volunteer to be there for a three or four month duration, managing every aspect of every day for the dog undergoing treatment.

PupsEtc is pleased to offer Col. Potter a special Heartwarming Tails fundraiser to help offset the cost of our current stable of four Foster Cairns undergoing this expensive heartworm treatment.  Beginning Saturday, October 19th through Friday, November 1st, a full 20% of all proceeds taken in by PupsEtc during this two week period will be donated to Col. Potter.

NEW!  The Picaboo Square Bolster bed with Removable Center Pillow in honor of CP Picaboo, currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.
Have enough beds?  Get a Sack!  These beautiful PupSacks are great to cuddle with your little one while on the sofa watching t.v. or snuggled in bed!
Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with

Heartwarming Tails
Now - Friday 11/1/13
20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to
Col. Potter’s Cairn Rescue Network!

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