On October 13th, thirty eight dogs flew into Nebraska City from a flood-ravaged parish in southern Louisiana. These dogs had been in overcrowded shelters and when the flood waters hit, rescuers were forced to hastily make room for newly displaced dogs who had some hope of finding their families. If not, our precious cargo surely would have been euthanized. This rescue was different for the folks at HUA--no sick and terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs abandoned or dumped, or no cases of abuse or neglect. We met a happy, silly, bouncy bunch of pups ready to conquer the world!
Then came the crushing blow. Not surprisingly but quite unfortunately, over a quarter of the Louisianans have tested positive for heartworm disease, a terrible and potentially fatal disease. We were prepared for the possibility that some of the dogs would be infected due to the massive mosquito population in the flooded areas, but were saddened at the high number.
Treatment for heartworms is long, arduous, unpleasant and expensive. The average cost per dog is approximately $1000 and oftentimes higher. Antibiotics and steroids are administered, followed by at least 60 days in which the dog must receive a series of painful injections into the muscle. To make matters worse, the dog must be kept on strict rest in their playpens in order to prevent an increase in the rate at which heartworms can travel through the heart and lungs.
We were devastated to have to deliver the horrible news to these magical survivors that they will not be going home for the Holidays. After all they've been through they deserve to live the best of all lives and they deserve a fresh, new start right now. Sadly, they will have to tough it out before that can happen but we will be with them every step of the way. We will climb into their comfortable playpens for long talks, we will provide extra treats, we will hold their paws when the needles hurt, we will love them back to health.
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