Ladybug ‘shows us the money’ – anonymous donor sponsors her heartworm treatment!

Ladybug, the very pretty tri-color champion counter-surfing border collie mix recently rescued by Good Dog Rescue, tested positive for heartworms.  While fatal if not treated, this parasitic infestation can be treated and Ladybug should have a complete recovery.  She’s been on the list to get into the vet who works with local area rescues on heartworm treatments.

This is a picture of a dog’s heart infested with heartworms.  YUCKY isn’t it?

Ladybug’s foster mom noticed right away that she had a persistent ‘mouth’ (versus deep chest) cough that would not respond to cough control medicines.  Besides, Ladybug was an owner surrender and had not been to an animal shelter where she would have been exposed to kennel cough.  SO, the foster mom decided to get this pretty girl to her own vet to get her checked out.  By now, you recognize this nervous nellie foster mom is JULIE C.

Turns out, Ladybug is a special case, because even though her test shows a light positive response, in reality, her lungs are already very damaged from the deadly parasites.   Dr. McCutcheon diagnosed lung damage and added oral steroids to the antibiotic regimen that Ladybug was already following.  The lungs are so inflamed and damaged from the heartworms that Ladybug’s heartworm treatment will have to be broken into three (where it’s normally one or two) treatment sessions of 30 days each.  Now that is a severe case of this deadly parasitic disease! And, Dr. McCutcheon shared that she has a special fondness for border collie types.  I just think that Ladybug turned on that CHARM she is chock full of!

Dr. McCutcheon will recheck Ladybug’s lung next week and if she’s able, Ladybug will begin with the first of her three total treatments.  I am glad to report after 3 days of steroids, Ladybug is already coughing a lot less and should be improved enough to start her treatment next week as planned.

Ladybug wants to say thank you to the donor who loved her enough to help her get her heartworm treatment and hopes that more people will read this and choose to help other GOOD DOGS get the medical care they need.  Every donation is used 100% to provide medical care and food for all the GOOD DOGS in our foster care.

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One Response

  1. Hello! I was just checking for an update on LadyBug from her “new” parents! It started with making a few urgent phone calls, I made a donation (now how small compared to what her treatment consisted of! 😦 ), two rescue groups working together to initially save this girl, an awesome foster mom, and many other factors…LadyBug was destined for greatness I think! Her original web photo caught my heart and I think about her often and would love to read an update on her.

    Keep up the Good Work Good Dog Rescue! 🙂

    Nicole W.

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