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  • SandyRN
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    I didn't know a dog could have just one. How weird is that??? I have a lot of hope for this dog hearing all of the stories of recovery from you guys. Now we have to get through 5 weeks of no running, playing, etc....thats the hardest part I think.....but, she's not in the mood for playing. Shes already asleep on my comforter.

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  • SharonA
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    Sandy...I am so glad she is home safe with you. I do hope this treatment works and she can be free from heartworms. They are dreadful. We had Shelties many years ago and our female tested positive for heartworms. The weird thing is she only had one. All this took place in California where we didn't have many mosquitoes. We didn't notice any symptoms and did not know until we were getting ready to move to TN. We had to have health checks on both her and our male so we could travel with them. That's when the x-ray showed that she had the one. We treated her and she lived a happy, healthy life until she passed of old age.

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  • SandyRN
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    She's already the most loving and loyal dog..She's SO sweet. Everyone at the vet said she's the best patient they've had in a long time. She's just so sweet, thats why I can't imagine anyone just dumping her out of a car! She's got a good home now, and I'm pretty sure she knows it. That tail started wagging when we pulled up in the driveway.

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  • humpieumpumkin
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    :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

    So glad your doggie is doing great! She is a tough little cookie...so is mom It was so great you took her in. She will be the most loyal and loving dog, you just wait!

    Erika

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  • SandyRN
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    We're home!

    Got my baby home. She ran straight for the water and drank a whole bowl...I guess she was thirsty. She's so good in the car, I'm going to have to take her for more car rides...I don't want her to associate the car with just the vets office. She's got 2 shaved places on her back where they gave her the shots, but she seems to be ok, but really, really tired. She's got prednisone and antibiotics in case she starts showing symptoms. She also has to take pepcid AC twice a day before we feed her because she's been throwing up.

    My theory, and the vet's too is that the owners found out she had this expensive heart worm stuff, then tossed her out of the car in our neighborhood hoping someone would come along and take care of her. All I can say is they go to the pound and see the flyer we placed in the found section, and they can kiss my ***!!! There is no way that dog is leaving this house. We love her too much and took responsibility for her health care.

    Sigh...my girl is home.

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  • leelee88
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    Sandy,
    I am so glad she is doing well... Keep us updated please

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  • SandyRN
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    Update on the dog

    Well, apparently she did very well yesterday. I learned she knows how to ride in the car and she was so good, just looking out the window, behaving herself. I felt AWFUL that we were taking her to the vet on her first car ride with us. But he did x-rays and said that it wasn't nearly as bad as he had expected. He gave her the first shot yesterday, and told me to quit reading the "crap" on the internet. It's not as painful as I'd read, and what I had read was old stuff, according to the vet. He is giving her the second shot this morning and I can pick her up soon, hopefully in an hour or two at the most. Then the hard part begins and thats keeping her quiet.

    I wasn't on all day yesterday, I was unable to sleep for 2 nights in a row, and slept the day away yesterday, then slept all night last night, and most of this morning. I was so exhausted from worry and lack of sleep.

    I can't wait to go get her!

    Well, as I was writing this the vet called and I can go get her. I'm out the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Claredale
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    Good morning Sandy. I was thinking about you this morning dropping off your dog. My dog looks so pitiful when I am dropping her off. Even if it's just to get her nails clipped. Just remember that even though she will feel so sluggish when you pick her up, she will be wagging her tail full speed in her heart!

    Hugs!
    T83

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  • jessied
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    I am so sorry that your baby has gotten this. When we got kane he had HW. From what we understand he was pretty far into them when we got him. He went throught the treatment and is now a big baby. If you have any questions or anything I have been there and will gladly answer any question the best i can. The treament ISNT easy on them or you so be aware of that.

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  • Trishann
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    Sandy I am so deeply sorry about your little pet became ill. They do become part of the family and when they hurt we hurt. That is great that you have a good vet. There is still a chance so we will keep hoping the best. I know leaving them at the vet for couple of days is a very hard thing to do. Sounds like your doggy has a very special home and alot of lovins.

    Sending hugs, hoping, praying, Trishann

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  • leelee88
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    Sandy.. You are so awsome!!.. I know your sweet dog will be ok.. She is so lucky to have stumbled on such a loving family...Most people would have just put her to sleep...
    But even with all your problems with you and your daughter, you have took the time to help this lovely animal.. It just warms my heart to know there are people like you out there...

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  • SandyRN
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    Tom is taking the day off tomorrow and we're going to drop her off first thing in the morning at the vet's. We are truly blessed with this vet. He's the same one that took care of my kitty with IC. Back then we were strapped for cash and he let us make payments on the cat....we just spent a LOT of money on their exams, their flea and heartworm preventative, and shots on Saturday, and now another 350-400 dollars coming up for this heartworm stuff. He said we could make payments again if we needed to. He's a great, caring guy and you can tell he adores our animals. Thank GOD for something, right?

    So, I'll be a wreck tomorrow. I hate the thought of leaving her, but I do know she'll be in safe, qualified hands with him.

    Thanks everyone...I sure am using up my supply of support from you guys lately!

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  • Claredale
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    Our family ended up with a stray a few years ago with the same situation. He wasn't that far along with the worms. He wasn't coughing, etc. I wasn't worried about him running around since I knew he would be getting over the treatment, I was just worried how I was going to keep my boys from being so "like boys" around him. It all worked out and he lived many years longer! So many people don't know what to do with dogs. I don't blame you for being upset, but I know I grew up with so many dogs and we never took them to the vet. Back then everyone knew everyone's dog in the neighborhood since they all had there little visits with the neighbors, etc. I had a Collie growing up and believe me, there was no keeping him in the back yard. He would either climb the gate or knew how to open the latch. He never had the first heartworm treatment. We just didn't know back then, so there are still people out there. Thank God that she found you!

    T83

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  • SharonA
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    (((((HUGS))))) for Sandy and for her sweet dog. And let's not forget Megan. (((((HUGS)))))

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