Mo is a very sweet young hound that one of our incredible clients rescued as a stray from the fields of North Carolina. When Mo first started coming to us, he was very underweight, had skin issues possibly related to mange, and tested positive for heartworm disease. However, despite all of the hard times life has thrown Mo's way, he is still such a sweet, friendly dog, and we are thrilled that he has found such a wonderful home! .
Although Mo tested positive for heartworm disease, he was not demonstrating any signs, which most likely means he only was in the early stages of disease. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and when a mosquitoes bites an animal, they can deposit larvae into the body. If left untreated, heartworms will proliferate and eventually cause serious problems, as these parasites lodge themselves in the vessels of the heart, eventually leading to life-threatening cardiovascular collapse. Although rare, cats can also develop heartworm disease. .
When an animal tests positive for heartworm disease in the early stages, we always recommend treatment, as we want to prevent the disease from progressing. Treatment is a long road and involves injections over specified time periods along with other medications to kill the heartworms. If an animal has severe heartworm disease, they may need to undergo procedures to physically remove the heartworms from the heart. .
Mo underwent heartworm treatment, and as you can see from these pictures, he has put on weight, grown a handsome hair coat, and is all around a happy, healthy dog with a brand new life!! He is now on Proheart, an injectable heartworm preventative that lasts for six months. Feel free to ask us any time about the heartworm preventatives we have available, and you can find out more about heartworm disease at https://www.heartwormsociety.org. We love sharing stories like Mo's, are so excited for Mo and his new family, and look forward to keeping him healthy for many years to come 😍❤️🐶 #dogsofinstagram #houndsofinstagram #rescuesofinstagram #hound #hounddog #rescuedog #heartworms #heartwormawareness #zoetis #proheart #vetmed #newhome #newlife #transformationtuesday