Could not be happier for our little token GSD saved from a terrible death gassed at a shelter. He is a smart little dog who had never been in a house before he came to us. He amazed me on how fast the learned and only had one accident in the house during his stay with me.
Just a quick update in Farley. We happily picked him up from Anne this morning. He traveled comfortable and without incident. He was excited when he first got home and we let him loose to explore and sniff about. He found his crate and went into check it out and brought out a chew you and immediately started to play! We showed him his food and water bowls and he drank some water. We took him out back for a while and again, let him roam about and get his bearings. He came inside an we showed him his bed in the family room and he went to his crate to retrieve his you again and brought it to his bed!! Sage was watching TV next to him and rubbing him, he's in heaven. He seems to have settled in. I went to Petsmart and got the security collar with the quick release that you suggested Anne so today we will go for a nice long walk so he can explore the neighborhood with us. We are really happy we now have Farley as a part of our family!
At 6 months. She is the best dog I have ever owned! Thanks Kimberley!
Ivy is so smart! She knew the basics coming to us and has really flourished! You can see the intelligence in her eyes! When I am allowed to do more (I just had my appendix removed on Tuesday and have not been able to do much) we plan to take her to a training class. We have taught Kobe to sit and "wait" to eat or go outside (that way he doesn't go crashing through the back door) until we tell him "ok". So far, Ivy has learned to to the same. As I said she is one smart cookie!
He (Loki) is still doing great. My son came home from college for the weekend & he took to him right away. Attaching some pics so you can see he loves his new companion & fits in perfectly. He is so loving & is a quick learner. He's starting to love to be an inside dog too. Now that it's getting cooler they can hang outside more. He is so well mannered, it was a perfect fit for our family.
How Heartworms Are Spread
All dogs are at risk for potentially deadly heartworm disease. Heartworms live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs of dogs, cats and other mammals like wolves, foxes and coyotes. Heartworms cannot be spread directly from animal to animal without a mosquito as an intermediary. Heartworms are spread when a mosquito bites an infected dog and picks up tiny larvae called microfilariae from the bloodstream.
Then that mosquito bites another dog infecting it with the heartworm larvae. Over the next several months the heartworm larvae grow and migrate to the heart and lungs. These larvae mature into adults, which can be a foot in length, and they produce microfilariae that circulate in the bloodstream. Now this dog is a reservoir of heartworms and is ready for another mosquito to bite and infect yet another dog.
Untreated, heartworm disease can lead to severe problems with the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys and may result in death.
One mosquito bite is all it takes for your dog to get heartworm disease.
One million dogs are estimated to be heartworm positive in the United States each year.
Luckily heartworms in dogs are preventable and heartworm prevention is cheap and easy when compared to the lengthy, stressful and expensive treatment.
Treatment can cost up to $1,000 which makes giving a monthly preventive a bargain in comparison. Treatment requires painful, arsenic-based injections to kill the heartworms present inside the lungs and heart. In addition, this is followed by a 1-3 month period of limited physical activity and possible health complications. Surgery may be required for dogs burdened with large amounts of worms. It is much easier to prevent heartworms than to treat them.
3 Common Misconceptions About Heartworms in Dogs
MYTH 1: Indoor dogs are not at risk
FACT: Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. One mosquito bite is all it takes for a dog to be infected.
All dogs are at risk.
MYTH 2: Only dogs in heartworm epidemic areas like southeastern states need protection against heartworms
FACT: Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. One million dogs are estimated to be heartworm positive in the United States each year. The disease continues to spread to new regions. The best way to protect your dog is to administer a heartworm preventive year-round as directed by your veterinarian.
MYTH 3: Treatment for heartworm disease is just as easy as preventing it.
FACT: Treatment requires arsenic-based injections to kill the heartworms living in a dog’s lungs and heart. In comparison to heartworm prevention, the treatment is expensive (up to $1,000) and can be traumatic and risky. It is much easier to prevent heartworms than to treat them.
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