Foster with Heartworms

Morning, we took Sugar to the vets last night for her X-rays and bloodwork. The vet said her lungs are clear and her heart is only bulging a little. He said that was good and he is assuming she has only had the hearworms for less than a year. He also said that she should do fine with the treatment so when our vet gets into the office he is going to call so we can schedule her treatment. Please keep her in your thoughts.

We do.. keep us updated.

Great news for Sugar….

Good Luck to all of you and let us know how things are going. Will be thinking about you all.

Rita Jean

Houston

I's glad Sugar is better off than you initially thought, with all those little floaties in her bloodstream. I hope her treatment will go swiftly, please keep us updated..

Positive thoughts to Sugar

Bloodwork came back fine. She is there today for her first treatment and I will pick her up at 9 tonight and take her back tomorrow.

Houston

Great to hear. I hope she will have a easy time with her treatments and that she will be back to her normal self before you know it..

Houston

How is Sugar doing, Jennifer? I hope things are goingh smoothly for her and you..
Our Bana is moving to her new forever home on Sunday. I am actually meeting her new "parents" halfway between here and where the live..I am excited for her but sad as well, she will be missed tremendously at our house. I hope she will be fine, I am sure she will be fine, but part of me doesn't want to let her go..'cause I just now feel as if she is blossoming and I am afraid she will go back to her skiddish self if I let her go..does that make sense? I guess I feel a semse of responsibility, yet I don't feel like she is mine..I don't want to "keep" her, not for selfish reasons but for reasons like if I take her in I won't be able to foster any more..lack of space..and I feel as if I have more to give to the B community if I foster vs adopting.
Sorry about my rant, know that we are thinking about Sugar and we're wishing her well.

Sorry, I have been swamped this week. Sugar is better. Tuesday and Wednesday were bad. She screamed if you touched her, wouldn't eat, wouldn't drink, Wouldn't move. I felt so sorry for her. Her muscles would twitch involuntarily as she sat there. It was awful. This morning she seems perkier but has watery diarrhea. I am going to go home on lunch to check on her and let her out. She did jump on the bed last night so I think she is feeling a little better but will still scream if you accidently touch her on the back.

Sending a foster to their forever home is difficult. Each time I wished I could keep them, but felt the same way. I am of more use as a foster parent to other B's.

Houston

Jennifer, I am glad to hear she is on the upswing of things..poor Sugar.

Yes it is bitter sweet, but it also is a good thing..

Jennifer, I hope Sugar has a fast recovery. Thanks for posting this. We had a thread a while back concerning heartworm preventative and I was disappointed that some risk not using it because of the cost/low incidence in their area. Your post shows how miserable and painful the treatment can be for the poor pup if their humans forgo preventative.

Hugs to you and Sugar.

I don't honestly know how you all do fostering???? You are VERY special people. Our family is so thankful for what you do. It would be so hard to let them go, even tho you know in your heart it is best. God bless you….

@snorky998:

Jennifer, I hope Sugar has a fast recovery. Thanks for posting this. We had a thread a while back concerning heartworm preventative and I was disappointed that some risk not using it because of the cost/low incidence in their area. Your post shows how miserable and painful the treatment can be for the poor pup if their humans forgo preventative.

Hugs to you and Sugar.

No question. On top of that she must be calm and quiet for 4 weeks. There is concern that as the worms die they will clog arteries or capillaries in the lungs or elsewhere. Both are potentially fatal. Did I mention the $500 cost as well. Not worth it at all.

Jennifer,
so glad that Sugar is recovering, what a good job there are people like you.

So Sugar is STILL not eating. we took her to the vet on Sunday. She had a fever of 103 and watery diarrhea. The vet gave her a shot of antibiotics and an antacid. He said she should be eating better by Sunday night. Her fever went down to 101.3 last night but she only ate a few bites. I have tried everything to get this dog to eat. Chicken broth, chicken noodle soup, butter on rice, plain kibble, lamb and rice. Her weight hasn't really gone down to much but still. I really wish she would eat something….

Try a little dry toast and get some baby food the bananas. Vet had us give our akita cooked liver when he was sick. I did not care to touch it and smelled while you were cooking it could be because I dislike liver but good to build blood.

Rita Jean

I'm sorry to hear Sugar is still feeling poorly, poor baby. That treatment is miserable.

Virtual hugs and good thoughts sent your way. Keep us posted.

Houston

What does the vet say? Is this normal behavior after HW treatment, I have never had to do that, thank god.
I don't know what else for you to try..just see if you can at least get her to stay hydrated with fluids..that i smore imporatntr then food..for a few days at least.
Poor little sweetheart Sugar..

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