Max had is final follow-up appointment today and was given a CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH! There were no "worm babies" in his blood stream which means all of the adult worms are dead. With monthly heartworm treatment, he will live out the rest of his natural life with only slightly impaired heart function.
So, please do give your animals monthly, year-round heartworm protection. Heartworms are no joke. And if your pet is diagnosed with heartworm infection, do get them treated as soon as possible. While the treatment is life-threatening, death by heartworms is very painful, slow and certain. And if you are worried about the treatment, take heart - little Max came through fine without crating or severe limitations on his exercise. He zips through the house at full speed without any coughing, shortness of breath or fatigue. He is a fireball!
Thank you again to all who supported this endeavor. We are so grateful to you - and for Max who is truly an awesome dog.
We are at the two-week mark and Max is doing great! We have been able to keep him calm enough without having to kennel him and except for mild coughing, he is back to his old self. We have two more weeks before his next appointment - and I will keep you posted.
Max is back! On Monday, he went to the vet to begin his treatment. He was a little anxious at drop-off, but he headed back with the technician without a fuss. I left some of his food, a favorite toy, a bag of his most delicious treats and the tee shirt I wore the previous day.
First, they tested his liver and kidney function. The injections kill the heart worms which then travel through the bloodstream and are broken down - we had to know that his body was healthy enough to handle that. He passed with flying colors and then received both injections, 24 hours apart. He stayed at the vet's the entire time for observation. Happily, he responded really well and had no adverse side affects. The technician said we should call him, "Mighty Max." We agree it fits.
Now our job is to keep him calm and peaceful for thirty days. No small job with a terrier-mix and two wild boys! After a very exciting homecoming and a good sniff around the house, Max was happy to rest in his kennel with a chewy while we folded laundry. He's napping now. (If only the boys would follow his example...)
Thanks again to everyone who is pulling for Max. Even though we've only had him a short time, we. Love. This. Dog. He is sweet and smart and on his way to a healthy heart.
And, please remember YOUR pets' heart worm preventative this month! Save a life!
One week from today, Max begins his treatment. He is doing great with the kids and cats and we love the little guy a bit more each day. Here is a video of the day we brought him home. With a little bit of luck, we will be keeping him for a long time. Enjoy!
His foster family did a fantastic job of preparing him (he is mostly housebroken and leash-trained) and since arriving, he has learned to sit and stay. He is also working on "leave it" in preparation for having the run of the house with the cats.
Probably the most important skill he is learning is to spend time peacefully in his kennel. After the treatment, he will be on kennel-rest for at least 2 weeks and a no exercise restriction for another 2-6 weeks. It is essential that Max learns to enjoy his "den" and to associate it with relaxation. He and I have several training sessions each day to acclimate him to the kennel - and he is a fast learner. (The copious amount of treats is helping!)
His treatment is scheduled for April 28 and we will keep you posted. I truly appreciate the donations made on his behalf - a full 25% of the cost of his treatment already. Thanks so very much!
Thank you! In a little less than 24 hours, 20% of the cost of Max' treatment had been donated by family, friends and friends of family and friends from around the world. I am amazed and grateful - there are indeed so many big-hearted people in the world and we appreciate your support. Max' treatment begins April 28. Thanks again for your support.
we recently adopted a rescue dog, max. at his first vet appointment, we found out he has heart worms. thankfully, there is treatment and it costs only $400.00. we have many friends and family who have expressed interest in helping max - and friends who are not able to foster or rescue a dog at this time, but would like to be part of what we are doing. this gofundme campaign is our way of letting others be part of the miracle that is max. (and i bet he likes mutton-lettuce-tomato sandwiches, too.)