November 23, 2010

White Dog and the rest of White Dog Army stood at the door demanding to know why Puff, got to go for a car ride by herself. All WD needed to hear was "Vet" and she ran off to the bed to enjoy her Greenie bribe. Nuka followed her leader without question and was heard munching her cookie. Quinn stood torn for a minute (he's the only one of the White Ones who actually likes Dr. Julia visits)...ride...treat...ride...treat? Treat won and we were at last able to get out of the house and into Pumpkin before White Dog's sad (manipulative) "left behind" face appeared at the window.

Puff sat on the floor and shook. She did allow me to put my hand on her shoulder and seemed to be comfortable with my touch. She rode inside with me on my wheelchair without compliant. SAWD was stoic and compliant as she was poked, prodded and injected.

Dr. Julia was pleased at how healthy she was considering her life out of doors. What we thought was frostbite on her ears is actually scarred over fly bites (the thought of flies munching on our precious baby's ears made us queasy). We decided that we would let her settle in a bit before spaying her and doing a dental. All was good. But then the Tech came in with test results...Puff tested positive for heartworms. That explained her strange intermittent cough.

Our look of panic and my immediately teary eyes were met by Dr. Julia's reassurances that Puff is in very a early stage of the disease and that we would do the treatment starting next Monday. All of the other White Dogs are safe; the disease is not transmitted dog-to-dog but by the bite of mosquitoes. Puff did not need to isolated. She would have a complete recovery after the two-day injection process and about a month of healing. This was not a death sentence.

SAWD has been wronged in so many ways during her 12 years, it doesn't seem right to ask her to trust us that everything will be all right. Yet, when we got home (and I expected her to run to her crate) she lingered by my legs and then sat leaning against me. Her look suggested that if we believed in her, well then, she would try to give us a chance.


Pepsi Bum said...

Oh no! I'll be keeping my paws crossed for Puff to beat the evil heartworms!

I'm so glad Puff is now in your family, with all the love around. :) I hope she learns to trust you fully soon!


Teddy Bear said...

We will keep our paws crossed that all the heartworms get out.

Teddy Bear

Mack said...

We think it is just so fantastic that Puff has found herself such a great, caring home! Lilly had HW treatments 7 years ago when she was 10, and it went really well, much easier than mom expected.


Kari in WeHo said...

so sad that she has heartworms but I know she will beat it!


ra_husky said...

Miss Puff will be held in our thoughts & prayers, we are glad she met some of the good people,

RA & Isis

Brian said...

I know you will whip those evil worms Puff, you've been through worse. I am happy to hear the progress, every little bit is wonderful!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear about the heartworm but it does sound like it is still early and that treatment can be done. Puff is learning that she may have had a tough life before but she has a loving home now.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara, and the Momster too

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh norr poor sweet little one. I a glad they caught it early and that all will be well. The last sentence made mums hear sing. No bolting for the crate but staying for some loving.. Progress.. Hugs GJ xx

Isis said...

Hello dear friends- yes, ben has kept me up to date! WE are very sorry about the heartworm disease.

Did the vet lady show your parents the heartworms under the microscope? Our vets always would double check the snap test JUST to make sure, and you can see them wiggling in a single drop of blood under the scope. Although not cool if it is YOUR dog, the idea of what they are and how it's possible- to see the actual creatures- well sister always seemed to be fascinated by them.

Yes, the treatment is decently simple, but know that it IS a pesticide they have to use, i wonder if your vets use "immiticide", the drug we use out here. It is kind of painful for the dog- but after the buggers are killed off- you have no further complications from the bugs.

We are glad it's such a relatively simple procedure to get Puff to a good healthy state! :)

Tons of love,

Remington said...

She will be in our thoughts and prayers. BTW -- we are very thankful to have you for friends. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Getting khaught up on the posts...

Puff knows she's safe...

And yes, it is khwite wrong what she's had to endure 'til now...

The HW treatment is far from the extreme methods used in the past - Mom has transported khwite a few that went through it furry well!

Paws khrossed fur ALL!