Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beating Stage 3 Heartworm Positive


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Houston came into Col. Potter in early 2010 as part of a group of 28 Cairns called The City Slickers.  A handsome seven year old Black Brindle boy, Houston was determined to be was Stage 3 (severe), so his neuter and dental were postponed as he started treatment right away to stop any further progression of the disease.  He had a series of 3 Immiticide injections, following the course of medications and supplements, again with forced inactivity.  With Stages 4&5 (Critical) vets will try the Immiticide injections first, but then may have to revert to surgery to remove the worms, so Houston was lucky we were able to treat him when we did.

My mid June, Houston was declared heartworm free and was then able to have his neuter and dental, before settling down to the business of learning how to live in a home.  Seven years as a caged stud for a commercial breeder had not prepared him for dishwashers and carpets and such, but thanks to being cured of his potentially deadly condition, Houston had the opportunity to learn the finer points of Freedom, and he did eventually find his perfect Forever home!
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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.

Watch Col. Potter’s Heartwarming Tails with PupsEtc.com: http://youtu.be/txDDM0ThF1E

PupsEtc
Heartwarming Tails
Saturday 10/19/13 - 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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