One of the most heartbreaking things we have to do as an animal rescue is to take in dogs when the owner is dying and there is no one who can take care of their beloved pets. When Carolina Poodle Rescue received a call from a lady who knows soon she will be making her own journey across the rainbow bridge, we said yes.
Meet Chloe, Gizmo, Presley, Millie, and Tiffany. All 5 of these babies were loved by their mom. But all 5 developed heartworms due to lack of medical care. Heartworms in dogs are easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure. Dogs obtain heartworms by the bite of an infected mosquito.
It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.
Effective treatment for heartworms involves a medical evaluation to understand the severity of the heartworms, followed by a medical regime with required quiet time. Heartworm treatment can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the type and complexity.
On May 19th, I will be running for Chloe, Gizmo, Presley, Millie, and Tiffany. I am running to raise awareness of the unnecessarily illness caused by heartworms. I am running to raise money for treatment for these 5 precious babies who have so much life left to live. I am running because they cannot.
With your help, Chloe, Gizmo, Presley, Millie, and Tiffany will receive the life-saving heartworm treatment they need. They will recover in loving care through Carolina Poodle Rescue. They will find their furever homes. And maybe next year, they will run the biathlon with me.