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Bruiser the bloodhound

Posted on: February 20, 2008

tx882_10002672-2-x.jpgThis is Bruiser who was picked up as a stray in Austin, Texas. He’s had a pretty rough life so far. Bruiser had a number of parasites that he’s been treated for already, and he’s been neutered. Bruiser also has heartworms.

What are heartworms? Well, dogs are considered the perfect host for heartworms; but, heartworms can infect coyotes, foxes, wolves, domestic and wild cats, ferrets, and sea lions, and humans as well. When a mosquito carrying infective heartworm larvae bites a dog and transmits the infection, the larvae grow, develop and migrate in the body over several months to become sexually mature male and female worms. These stay in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels. As mature adults, the worms mate and the females release their offspring into the blood stream.

Treatment of heartworms is usually successful, but prevention is much safer and less costly. There are several ways to prevent heartworm infection, including monthly tablets, chewables and creams. These products are very effective, and can prevent heartworms when given on a schedule. In most of the United States, spring is the time of year when vets begin to check dogs and cats for exposure to heartworms from the  last mosquito season. The earlier the diagnosis is made and treatment started, the better the chances of recovery.

Bruiser is getting his first treatment either this week or next, and then we’ll pick him up and foster him until he’s ready for adoption. Bruiser can’t be active during his treatment. No walks, no running around, no horseplaying, roughhousing or chasing for him. He’s going to live the indoor life and be pampered, coddled and babied. I’ll keep you posted on how Bruiser is doing.

Be sure to call your vet and schedule a checkup for your pet.

Update:

Bruiser’s new name is Abraham. Something about the name Bruiser…just makes him sound like a big, mean dog, which he is not. He’s just a a lot of love wrapped in a fur body. Abraham was adopted and now has a new permanent home. He had a rough start in life so he’s one who really deserves his new home.

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