Sometimes Love Is Not Enough…..
On February 5th, EGRR posted a story about Chase, a happy-go-lucky 2 year old boy, who had just come in to rescue. Poor Chase, had lived his entire live outdoors, and was neither obedience trained or housebroken. Since he was friendly, smart and loving, we felt he would quickly learn good manners and make someone an awesome buddy. Sadly, this was not to be the case, because Chase tested positive for heartworm, an easily preventable disease. All that is required is monthly heartworm prevention medication, gotten from the vet, however, although Chase’s family loved him, they never took him to the vet.
EGRR began the course of heartworm treatment. This treatment is not benign, but without it the heartworms will infiltrate the heart and lungs, and eventually kill the dog, so there really is no choice. We have treated many dogs, and before Chase, lost only one elderly dog to the treatment. Chase was young, and so we were not too concerned, but it seems his luck had run out. A week after receiving the second part of the treatment, Chase began having bloody diarrhea and vomiting blood. As the worms were breaking up and dying, they were killing Chase too. We are sad to report that Chase will not be anybody’s buddy. Instead he is now playing at the Rainbow Bridge where heartworm is never an issue.
We at EGRR hope that Chase has not died in vain. People must understand that along with loving a dog, comes the responsibility of properly caring for him. This means regular visits to the vet, maintenance on monthly heartworm prevention medication, flea and tick control, feeding quality food and obedience training. Golden Retrievers are not meant to be outside dogs, especially in the hostile environment of South Florida with its myriad of potential hazards to the health of the dog.
One might ask how this could happen. Who would give or sell a dog to a family that is so uninformed and ignorant about proper care of a dog? The answer to that question is either a pet store or a backyard breeder, where oftentimes the only qualification for a buyer is the color of his money. They don’t care about long-term health or temperament or well-being issues, just the how quickly they can make some money. If you or anyone you know is considering acquiring a dog, please go to a responsible breeder or to a rescue organization (hopefully EGRR!).