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Update 1.7.16: The news we were hoping for…Pegasus is adopted and this sweet boy has been home all along as his foster family loves him from the moon and back and just can’t imagine life without their sweet, sweet boy! Just love it when this happens! CCR would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who contributed to Pegasus miracle! Another beautiful life for a beautiful soul!
Updated 12.7.15: Pegasus is doing extremely well in his foster home where he has been for the last 6 months. He has been receiving treatment for the dreaded heartworm infection and we are hopeful he will have a negative result on his upcoming test. Paws crossed for Pegasus! Thank you to all who support the mission of CCR as it is because of your generosity that allows us to help Cane Corso dogs in need of medical treatments, such as, Pegasus!
Since receiving this plea Pegasus has been fully vetted, altered, micro-chipped, and received preventative care for flea/ticks. Time is of the essence for Pegasus as he needs to get into foster care so we can begin his treatment for the heartworm infection.
Information regarding Heartworm Infection:
Pegasus’ previous owners did not care for him adequately so in addition to lack of food, medical care, and housing; he was not given heartworm preventative care. Unfortunately, the irresponsibility of the previous owner allowed Pegasus 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 Pegasus he has been diagnosed in time to possibly treat him 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 pour 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 on 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!
Original Post: Cane Corso Rescue recently welcomed Pegasus into our family! He is currently in a Texas boarding kennel where he needs to be placed to ensure his life was spared. Poor baby will need a special foster who is willing to see him through his heartworm treatment as he has tested positive for the infection. The shelter plea that won our hearts: “We have a baby at our local pound, he has escaped death twice because the pound really likes him. But we have had no takers . I have met him and helped with his temperament test. He came in with other female dogs and everyone got out but him. He gets along famously with people and females but does not due well with other males but this may be related to his ‘intact’ status. Pegasus is laid back and somewhat stoic in real life, doesn’t get rattled . A lot of us here are fighting for him. There is just something special about him. We have exhausted all other resources and he is in his 11th hour so to speak . If we get a tag on him we may be able to save him, if not he DIES.” If you are an approved foster who is willing to foster Pegasus please contact Cane Corso Rescue as soon as possible. If you are not an approved foster but would be willing to foster Pegasus please complete a foster application as soon as possible and we will expedite the approval process.