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Treat Pit Bulls Suffering From Heartworm Disease

by Villalobos Rescue Center
Treat Pit Bulls Suffering From Heartworm Disease
Treat Pit Bulls Suffering From Heartworm Disease
Treat Pit Bulls Suffering From Heartworm Disease
Treat Pit Bulls Suffering From Heartworm Disease

Like so many stray dogs in the New Orleans area, this magnificent Mastiff is one of many.  We had been receiving several calls about a "large emaciated dog" that no one could catch in the desolate part of New Orleans East area. We were finally able to catch him and rushed him to our vet due to his serious physical condition.  Infested with every single type of worm and starved for what appeared to be weeks, his liver is failing.  His heart worm disease is so severe that he is in danger of going into cardiac arrest at any moment. Baldur is now on heavy medication to try and save his life.  Sadly this is the "norm" for so many of the dogs we rescue since moving to Louisiana.  Our vet expenses have quadrupled from those in California.  There is no way that we can continue to help these dogs without the help of others, like yourself, who care.  



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The blue dog is Gus Gus. She's a tiny pit bull mix about two years old. She was a drop at our rescue group kennel in New Orleans. People dumping dogs in front of our gate afterhours or driving up and giving sad stories is how we get the majority of our dogs in our New Orleans location. There aren't a lot of resources for dog owners in our area except for a high kill public shelter in our county.

The black and white dog is Grover. He's about 14 years old. His owner gave him up to the Assumption Parish (County) Shelter because he was too old.

We currently care for both of these dogs at one of our multiple facilities in the greater New Orleans Louisiana area.

Both of these dogs have benefitted from receiving heartworm treatment and are alive because of the generosity of our donors, like you.

We contniue to be amazed and astonished at the high percentage of dogs in Louisiana who need heartworm treatment to stay alive. Without this expensive treatment, they will die. Without weeks of convalescing and keeping them calm after the heartworm treatment, they would die. We have to spend more money to keep these dogs who received this treatment calm and quiet. We also can't neuter or spay the dogs without having them treated for the heartworm first.

All this takes time and money. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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We get over 100 telephone calls, e-mails and Facebook posts PER DAY asking us to take dogs. Of course, we can't take in even a small percentage of those dogs. Our focus now is on dogs in the Louisiana state, which is also a state with the HIGHEST rate of heartworm infection anywhere in the country.  

Along with the over 450 dogs currently in our care (which has required setting up additional satellite locations), we have also stepped in to assist a small country shelter in Assumption Parish.  This facility has no resources, and the dogs who end up here need all the help they can get.  Without exception, almost every dog we take in has tested positive for heartworms.  If they are lucky, they are young and the infection is in early stages which is easier, although no less expensive, to treat.  Whatever stage they are in, the diagnosis means they will have to be treated and remain quiet.  This means no walks for them, no outside yard time, and for a younger dog, that's a huge burden.  

From the cost of the heartworm test, up through the treatments, and providing the monthly maintenance preventative, heartworms is truly an unending expense.  We are grateful to have the support from our fans. 

Attached is a picture of Norman, who just recently completed his heartworm treatment and can now enjoy outside kennel time and walks.  This wouldn't be possible without support - thank you!

Until next time...Jamie

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When our rescue moved to our new location two and a half years to Louisiana we had no idea one of our BIGGEST expenses would be heartworm treatment. Where we are originally from in Southern California, heartworm was not a big problem yet, although we hear it is becoming a problem there as well. We are spending more money than ever on heartworm medication and treatment, but there aren't a lot of options because if we don't, the dogs will die a lengthy and painful death.

People don't realize how expensive it is to have a dog with heartworm. It can cost over a thousand dollars to treat a heartworm positive dog. Almost all the dogs we rescue have heartworm disease and need treatment.

In one of the rare occasions when we have a dog that is heartworm negative (the vet has to do a test on each dog) we are able to put the dog on a very simple heartworm preventative regimen.

The treatment protocol is time consuming and very expensive. Each dog has to remain calm during the process of the treatment which takes several months.

It's for that reason that we are keeping a separate kennel building JUST for the dogs (nearly all we rescue have this problem) who have heartworm disease. These are dogs who already have been bit by a mosquito that carries heartworm. That's how the dogs get the disease. It's not a communicable disease amongst humans and/or dogs, but rather a mosquito that carries the virus bites a dog.

Given the humidity and the vast amounts of water and swamps in Louisiana, our new favorite state is a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Please help us continue to help the many worthy dogs in our new state.

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We continue to have dogs who need help with the deadly disease dumped on us, or found by employees and some are even brought in by good samaritans.

Vet bills, in addition to rent for our eight locations of the main kennel and other buildings we rent/lease to house the animals continue to be out of control.

The heartbreaking stories of dogs we can't help overwhelm our staff members, but we keep on plugging on along knowing the ones that we can help, are helped with a quality pet food, medical care, love and warmth.

Please consider helping make a dent in our vet bill specifically in regard to the cost-prohibitive heartworm treatment for heartworm positive dogs which is astronomical.

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Villalobos Rescue Center

Location: New Orleans, LA - USA
Villalobos Rescue Center
Monica Lins
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New Orleans, LA United States

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