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Help Duke beat Heartworms

$650 of $800 goal

Raised by 20 people in 13 months
Created December 5, 2017
Ailen Garcia Gorrita

Duke is a loving 8yr old lab mix.

About 4 years ago I thought i gave him to a good home, but they just left him tied up outside, and thankfully reached out to me they couldnt keep Duke bc he keeps running away n their other dog got hit by a car following him. 

I tried to rehome him with no luck as he seemed very anxious, apathetic & aggressive towards dogs who jumped on him (hes in pain). I thought he was just stressed but in reality he has been living with worms inside him, slowly killing him. 

Duke has heartworms at a very progressed stage, and also hookworms. He has pigment in his eyes, and trouble jumping up into the car.  He has trouble breathing and is very noticable. I could hear him panthing last night and he was just laying there. Hes got all his shots now, and has been dewormed for hookworms. But Heartworms is a different monster. 

Imagine chemotheraphy. Well thats what it is, and its expensive! And if not done ASAP Duke will not make it. 
And I need help. From anything as simple as watching him so hes not alone while going treatment as he was to be in complete bed rest. To donating any bit of money to his medical funds. Heartworm treatment is $500-600, plus bloodwork, medications, xrays, stay in the vet for a 61lb dog is $55/night. It just keep going up, their estimate went from low of $800 to high of $1000. 

And if you cant do either of those things, then I ask you to pray for him. Hes an amazing dog that was once full of life, and now hes barely even walking around. I know he can make it, and he will!!!! 

You can also donate directly to Kindness animal hospital, and make sure you let me know if you do that. 

Im currently looking for a place to live where I can keep Duke and give him a good loving home where he will never be tied up to a tree. 

thanks 

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Update 5
Posted by Ailen Garcia
13 months ago
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Went to the vet today, Duke got his second dose of hookworm dewormer, an injection for his ear infection, and some medicine to take home. Vet said because of his age we need to continue him on heartguard for another month or two, but that once he gets rid of all those hookworms he should be feeling alot better. No more vet bills for another month and a half! yayyyy!

This isn't the same dog I had 2 weeks ago. This dog is here to stay and live out his years with me.

Thanks to everyone for your help and support, and mostly thank you for all those prayers. God has heard them!!!

#goduke
living the good life now
Waking me up to go potty
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Update 4
Posted by Ailen Garcia
13 months ago
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A little sad today but haven't lost hope. Got Dukes blood work back today and got some high counts. I guess I misunderstood the doctor when shr said worms haven't reached his heart, but what she meant was breached. They are in his heart but haven't caused visible damage like the damage to the lungs. He also has parasites and allergies. Needs to go in for another hookworm dewormer and more heartguard in a month to then wait another month to start the treatment. Why is this process so long and painful.
Thins is how these silent monsters look
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Update 3
Posted by Ailen Garcia
13 months ago
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Waiting on Dukes blood work results to come back tomorrow. Really appreciate all the help and keep sharing. Thanks
they keep adding up
how it all started
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Update 2
Posted by Ailen Garcia
13 months ago
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waiting on bloodwork to come back tomorrow, but here are Dukes Xrays.

luckily the heartworms haven't reached his heart yet but there is damage to his lungs which explains his breathing. . He started with an anti inflammatory shot, and heartgard preventive today. Vet said he we had to wait, and Im so inpatient I just want him better NOW!

Please pray for Duke
xray
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Raised by 20 people in 13 months
Created December 5, 2017
Ailen Garcia Gorrita
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