ADOPTED!!April is Heart Worm Prevention Awareness Month, so this week, we're featuring one of our residents who has successfully completed his treatment. Meet Mr Randy, an 8 year old Dachshund/Pomeranian mix whose love of life is only outshone by his happy, sunny personality. And how he has come to be such a sunny little guy is nothing short of a miracle.
Randy found himself left out at the Animal Control kennels early this year. We're not sure why his family needed to leave him there, but it was a very confusing place for him & the staff there thought that we might be able to help find another home for him. In early Feb, HSAC pulled him over to our shelter, and although a tad nervous, he seemed pretty adaptable. We drew some blood, and sure enough, his HW test came up positive. Of the dogs entering the shelter that are over 1 year old, 80% test positive.
So now, we needed to set up a treatment plan. First, we needed to get him evaluated to see if he was healthy enough for the treatment, then we had to get him into the rotation schedule. As the dogs must be kenneled and we only have so much room, it's a juggling act to get them all treated in a timely manner.
Randy started his treatment on Feb 17th with a heavy duty tranquilizer so that his little body could handle the needle full of medicine that was injected into his spine. The medicine is an arsenic based poison that must really burn from the dogs reactions. This is done 2 days in a row, followed by at least 21 days of pain medication, confinement and limited exercise and excitement. That's a really long time to stay in a crate! But Randy persevered and came through just fine - and just in time to spend an additional 10 days crated for his neutering.
Treatment for heart worms is not only extremely painful for the dog, but is very costly. Vet costs are anywhere from $250 -$700 depending on the size of the dog and the treatment used.
As you can see, Mr Dandy Randy has been through a LOT this year, but we're happy to say that he is a clean bill of health and is ready for his new family to come and claim him as their own! He's a little guy (just 13 lbs) with a big personality and smile and an even bigger (and healthy!) heart!
The Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport/Fulton
1308 Myrtle St