Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Have a Heart by Healing One

April 2, 2018 | 11:36am


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Did you know? Two of every five dogs we rescue have Heartworm Disease. With thousands of dogs rescued every year, the number with heartworms is astounding. This disease does not have to be a death sentence, and it’s actually easy to prevent. But once a dog has heartworms, the treatment is hard on the dog (aresenic-based injections). It is lengthy, expensive and absolutely necessary for survival. Treatment costs are a $1,200 per dog, and their recovery time is about three months. 

Many people believe it's a rare disease or may not quite understand what damage heartworms can actually cause. At Stray Rescue, it's something we deal with on a daily basis. We have rescued dogs slowly losing their battle to this silent killer caused by a single mosquito bite. We have dogs literally on the brink of death from heart failure as a result of long term damage from the disease. It is heartbreaking when a newly rescued dog tests positive. However, it is worth every single penny when they recover and can run and play again!

This is RJ. We first thought he was a pregnant female, but discovered he was a male, bloated from severe heartworm disease. After being rushed to our trauma center, 7 liters of fluid was removed from his stomach.

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Won’t you help us LEAVE NO DOG BEHIND, and help them go on to live a healthy, happy, loved life with their forever family? Have a heart by healing theirs!

Donate any amount to one of the dogs currently undergoing treatment for heartworm and we will write your name on a heart and put it in our lobby! In the month of February we will fill our lobby with hearts! 

And remember to keep your dogs healthy, happy and heartworm-free by giving them a heartworm preventative every month!

Facts about heartowm:
Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease.

For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease in your dog. There are monthly pills, monthly topicals that you put on the skin, and there’s also a six-month injectable product. The damage that’s done to the dog and the cost of the treatment is way more than the cost to prevent heartworm disease in the first place. A year’s supply of heartworm preventative will cost about $35 to $80, depending on a dog’s weight.

As more and more worms crowd the heart and lungs, most dogs will develop a cough. As it progresses, they won’t be able to exercise as much as before; they’ll become winded easier. With severe heartworm disease, we can hear abnormal lung sounds, dogs can pass out from the loss of blood to the brain, and they can retain fluids. Eventually, most dogs will die if the worms are not treated.

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Together, we will heal their hearts!

With every donation, we'll proudly display your name in our lobby!

Donate now by clicking on the animal of your choice!

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