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Johnny, March 2006

Johnny is the Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund Dog for March, 2006.

Johnny is one of the many Labs and Lab-mixes whose heartworm treatment was funded with help from LABMED. Johnny was found wandering in the street in Memphis, TN. A kind person picked him up and got him to a friend who did rescue work. When she took him for a vet check up he was diagnosed with heartworm. It is possible that Johnny was dumped by his former owner due to being heartworm positive.

Prevention of heartworms is easy, but the treatment is hard on a dog and can be expensive. 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. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, and there are very few areas of the US where heartworm is not a threat for at least part of the year. Administering heartworm preventative on a regular basis is an important part of responsible dog ownership! It also is much cheaper to give the preventative than it is to treat for heartworms.

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