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Heartworm disease in Markham – Lola’s Story

Find out this month, how Lola did with the treatment of heartworms clogging up her heart.

Lola was rescued apparently because she was ill with heartworm disease and her previous owner did not (could not?) treat her.

 She carried several worms in her heart and had developed stage 2 of the disease. The Golden Retriever Rescue had placed her into a loving foster home and provided the finances to save her life.

After initial testing (xrays, ultrasound, many lab tests, etc.) to determine the severity and the prognosis of the disease we determined that she has a reasonable chance to survive the treatment without too serious complications.

The treatment was done by injecting an Arsenic medication that kills off the worms over the period of several months. Lola was very brave and tolerated the full course of medications well. During the treatment months she was also on oral medication and needed ongoing tests.

We saw Lola just a few weeks ago and she is doing remarkably well. Our next duties are to get her teeth repaired. She has broken teeth and serious mouth infection. Soon she also needs to get spayed. She came into heat recently and spaying is important to limit her chances of developing mammary cancer and severe uterus diseases (pyometra).

Take away:

We wrote these two blogs to drive home the following messages (please tell your friends and help us spread the news):

  1. Heartworm disease is here in Ontario and every dog is at risk.
  2. Prevention is cheap, easy, and reliable. It should be done by everyone and could have avoided Lola’s fate.
  3. There are good people who help dogs in need. We are all very grateful.
  4. The treatment of heartworm disease is complicated, moderately risky, and expensive. But we were successful.

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Sincerely,

Dr. Ernst Marsig, veterinarian in Markham

Fear Free Certified Practitioner

Practicing Veterinary Medicine in Markham for a Long and Happy Life of ALL Your Pets.

Animal Hospital of Unionville, a veterinary clinic on the north side of  Hwy 7, serving all pets in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Stouffville, and North York since 1966. We are your family vets for dogs, cats, pocket pets (rabbits, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, skinny pigs, etc.), ferrets, and birds (budgies, cockatiel, parrots, amazon, cockatoo, love birds, conures, African greys, finches, canaries, etc.). We pride ourselves to provide cost effective veterinary medicine and give you options for treatments. Some may think our services as cheap, but our goal is to give good value.

Disclaimer: No part of this website constitutes medical advice. Readers are advised to consult with their veterinarian.

 

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