Monday, October 28, 2013

Understanding Heartworm Disease

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How does a sweet little Cairn girl like Aubrey get heartworm disease?  A single mosquito bite will do it.

An adult female heartworm, living in a host animal, will lay their eggs (microfilariae) in the animal’s bloodstream.  A mosquito, drawing blood from the same animal, will become infected with the microfilariae and, within two weeks’ time, these microfilariae mature into infective larvae, after which the mosquito will infect any dog, cat, or other vulnerable animal it bites, passing the infective larvae through the bite wound.  In six months, the worm will mature into an adult and can then live in a dog up to seven years.

Please follow this link to the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about this awful disease, including prevention, and to see graphic photos of adult heartworms in a dog’s heart.

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

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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