Cane Corso Rescue has recently welcomed Addi the Presa Canario into the family. Addison has had a horrid life previously as she was dumped in a high-kill shelter in Ohio by her owners who knew full well she was in dire need of urgent medical treatmen. Poor Addi was full of trash, Kongs and shards of bone; she prolapsed her rectum straining to get it all out. This girl has been through the wringer and is still as loving and trusting as could be. More information will be forthcoming as her foster family has had time to work with her. Addi is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Unfortunately, our little Addi tested positive for the dreaded heartworm infection which she is currently being treated for. If you would like to contribute to the medical care of Addi’s heartworm treatment please donate here.
Addi’s previous owners did not care for her adequately as she was not given heartworm preventative care. Unfortunately, the irresponsibility of the previous owner allowed Addi to be susceptible to the infection carried by infected mosquitoes. The American Heartworm Society (AHS) reports, “Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as nematodes (roundworms) and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection” and cases have been reported in all 50 states in the US. Fortunately for Addi she has been diagnosed in time to possibly treat her successfully for the infection. Unfortunately the treatment is costly and can, in itself be risky. Although the cost to treat a heartworm positive Cane Corso varies from state to state, it ranges anywhere from $500 to $1500 per dog. And, “There is currently one drug approved by the FDA for use in dogs for the elimination of adult heartworms. This drug is an organic arsenical compound (AHS)”. To complicate matters worse there is such an out poor of need for this drug (Melarsomine Dihydrochloride) that the companies who produce it are having difficulty filling the scripts. If you would like to learn more about heartworm infection please visit the American Heartworm Society’s website, http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/canine-heartworm.html#treatment .
CCR is obligated to contributing to the solution of the eradication of heartworm disease as we have seen the death from the disease first hand and many times over. The heartbreaking fact is … it is 100% preventable. “There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including daily and monthly tablets and chewables, monthly topicals and a six-month injectable product. These products are extremely effective and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be prevented.” PLEASE BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER USE PREVENTATIVE CARE. Evidence of preventative care has always been a condition of the approval process for adoption and foster through Cane Corso Rescue, Inc. CCR believes it is our duty to care and our responsibility to educate!
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