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April is Heartworm Awareness Month


More than one million dogs currently have heartworm disease, according to the American Heartworm Society. Heartworms are spread from animal to animal by infected mosquitoes and live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of infected animals. The disease can lead to heart failure, as well as damage to other organs - as is the case of Talia, a super adorable, approximately 2 year old Yorkie, who arrived at Pet Rescue from Texas. Her foster mom immediately noticed a cough that just kept getting worse. Talia tested positive for heartworm and began a course of antibiotics to start her heartworm treatment, but her cough just would not resolve.

After multiple vet visits and tests including several chest x-rays, an ultrasound, echo cardiogram and blood tests, Talia was also diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, most likely caused by the heartworm. Unfortunately, Talia is not a candidate for the standard heartworm treatment protocol of immiticide injections due to her compromised health. We do have her on an alternate treatment plan to kill the heartworms, however this is a slower process. Talia is a sweet, happy little girl who is adoptable and needs a family willing to see her through this issue.

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