5-15-50 Fridays: Roxy edition

Meet Roxy. Isn’t she just adorable?

Seriously, isn’t she just the cutest little thing? It’s impossible to believe that her previous family doesn’t want to keep her.

So here she is, at Regional. All dogs come to Regional for a reason, she came here to find the treatment that will save her life.

This little two-year-old bundle of love needs our help.

Like all dogs that enter the shelter, Roxy was tested for heartworm to make sure that she was healthy enough to adopt. Unfortunately, her test came back positive, with her having both adult and larval worms (called microfilariae) in her system.

Heartworm disease a serious and potentially fatal disease. The disease takes 5-7 months to develop and is transmitted from animal to animal via mosquito. Adult heartworms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart, including the pulmonary artery. They also interfere with the valve action in the heart. By clogging the main blood vessels, the blood supply to other organs of the body is reduced, particularly blood flow to the lungs, liver, and kidneys, causing these organs to malfunction. (1) If left untreated, heartworm disease will progress and damage the dog’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, eventually causing death.  (2)

What does that mean for Roxy? It means she has a long road of healing ahead of her before she can get back to her active, happy puppy life. Since Roxy is young, she has a very good prognosis to get though her treatment. She will be getting three rounds of Melarsomine combined with various anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and strict kennel rest to keep the complications at bay. We’re lucky Miss Roxy already has a foster mom who can give her the quiet, calm home she needs to fully recooperate from the treatment she will be receiving.

Heartworm treatment is expensive, but neccessary to save our sweet girl. We believe it will cost us $2,000 for the entire treatment assuming she only needs one round. Can you help us help our sweet girl? Every little bit helps, and every cent will go towards Roxy’s care.

We have already begun her treatment! She tolerated her first round of Melarsomine very well! Paws crossed!

Our 5-15-50 Fridays for the month of September will be used to raise funds for Roxy’s treatment as well as raise awareness about heartworm testing and prevention!

Any funds raised over the cost of Roxy’s treatment will be placed into Annie’s Fund, which is used to treat any critically ill animal entering the shelter. 

We thank you for your support of Roxy (and Roxy sends tailwags and facelicks to every one of you, regardless of if you are able to donate or not). She wants to make sure her dog friends don’t get sick like her!

Heartworm is transmitted by mosquito, and while it is not as prevalent in the Northeast as it is in the South (3), it still can be spread from dog to dog (or cat) in our area! Prevention is the best medicine, so please talk with your vet about heartworm prevention if you haven’t already!