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Babs, May 2003


A small black Lab mix had been hanging around the office of small company in a rural area near Kyle, TX. The company employees had been patting the friendly dog and giving her treats. One day, the groundskeeper heard some unusual noises coming from the crawlspace under the office building. The young mom was feeding and caring for two puppies in the crawlspace!

Company employees soon coaxed the small family out from under the building, and Babs and her pups were taken to the local animal shelter. The puppies were healthy and were quickly adopted, but Babs unfortunately tested positive for heartworm. She would need to be treated before she could find a new home.

Babs is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Babs is one of the lucky dogs who can look forward to a healthy life as long as she receives a heartworm preventative on a regular basis. Heartworm is spread to dogs by mosquito bites and is detected by a blood test.

Prevention of heartworms is easy, but the treatment is hard on a dog. Heartworm preventatives kill the immature worms in a dog's blood and have little or no effect on the dog. Killing the adult worms is very stressful for a dog, requiring hospitalization and four weeks of limited activity to prevent damage to the lungs as the adult heartworms die.

Please help us to educate dog owners about heartworm disease. Not everyone is aware of how life-threatening heartworms can be and how easy it is to prevent them. There are very few areas of the US where heartworm is not a threat to the health of dogs for at least part of the year. Administering heartworm preventative on a regular basis is an important part of responsible dog ownership!

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