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May 4th, 2015 at 06:13 am

Well I got the dogs shots. They ended up not being able to get the 3 year, since this is their first rabies shot, and they need the smaller dosage once to work as a booster.

Now for the bad news. Frown

Juno the one year old puppy tested positive for heartworms. I don't even know how that is possible. 6 months ago would have been winter, which means she must have caught it when she was a tiny little puppy.

The vet says it is going to cost a minimum of $500. But the main problem is that she needs to be kept calm and quiet for up to 6 weeks after treatment. Yeah right. If she even sees you she is jumping up and down, running in circles, barking, etc. Walking on a leash is no better. She does not hold still ever. Not for petting, not for brushing. She is a huge bundle of energy.

I have no idea how it is going to be possible to get her down. I'm guessing I will have to purchase a crate that is too short for her to jump. And she is probably going to have to be sedated for a month. Frown I'll talk to the vet about options.

So upset. We still have a $1,000 check coming soon. So I will be using that for vet bills, and either the fence or paying for the goats I reserved.


The gun is no longer a priority at this time.

11 Responses to “Scary News”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Well, it is good news that you caught it in time. I hear you on the energy problem; I used to have a dog like that, too. Do talk to your vet about options.

  2. Miz Pat Says:

    I am so sorry. I will keep you and the puppy in my prayers.

  3. klarose Says:

    She is also long haired and 100 pounds. The thought of keeping her in my house for a month makes me cringe.

    If anything, maybe it will teach her some manners. Hopefully.

    Anyone else heard of a 1 year old with heartworms? That is so strange to me.

    I've contacted the vet, and am waiting for a call back.

  4. snafu Says:

    I'm so sorry Juno has a serious illness. I think I read heart-worm only results from a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito. Did your pup show any symptoms? Did the vet diagnose from a blood test? I presume Juno will need to be restricted to a kennel while in the house as he's not a 'house dog.' Can you borrow a large kennel short term?

    http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/exltra-large-wire-kennel/600007494361

    Buying a used kennel from Facebook sell page or re-seller could be an option. They are useful for transporting animals

  5. klarose Says:

    No symptoms, and yes diagnosed from blood test before she could go on preventative.

    Yes she would need to be kept still in a kennel, and it will need to be the largest they make. lol.

    Hoping I can borrow one, or find a used one.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry about the puppy. Hope you can find a workable solution for the poor pooch. Glad you caught it in time.

  7. Jenn Says:

    When I was a kid, we had both our dogs tested for heartworms and the younger, larger one tested positive. (boxer) He went through the treatment fine, but not too much later, our other dog died - of heartworms. We've always believed that the test results must have gotten mixed up and the wrong dog was treated.

  8. klarose Says:

    Jenn that thought has crossed my mind more than once. I even asked the vet, which he denied. But while I was there they did mix up the ages on the paperwork, so I wouldn't put it past them to mix up the names too. Both dogs look a lot alike, and their names are similar.

    Husband and I have decided to retest her before treatment starts, just to make sure. If she happens to come back negative, we will retest the other dog.

  9. Looking Forward Says:

    Sorry to hear! Re-testing is a good idea.
    You can also request sedation medication to help keep her calmmed down. I know not ideal to keep your dog drugged up, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
    Good thing is you caught this early.

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope the treatment goes well for Juno and your vet offers you some good ideas.

  11. Amber Says:

    Aw sorry to hear about Juno, just glad you caught it in time

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