Scotch is an 11 month old, tri-color, male Australian Shepherd.
This boy came to us with heartworms. He is young so more than likely he has a light case.
On March 7th and 8th he received injections that will kill off the heartworms.
For the next 6 weeks he is restricted to being in a crate, leash walks and just quietly hanging with his foster mom.
No excitement and no big physical activity for this boy. It’s sad because Aussies are active! But we do not want him to suffer any damage from the dying heart worms.
“Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.”
Read more here: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics
He starts Heartworm preventative in four weeks and is re-tested for heartworms in four months.
We expect a complete recovery for Scotch.
Scotch enjoys playing with other dogs, especially my Aussie puppy who you can see in the photos (she is not for adoption).
He has a nice temperament and has been eager to please.
Scotch didn’t like the restraints while at the vet office so they gave him a mild sedative.
Somehow I don’t blame him as those shots really hurt.
About Aussies: They are an active, smart herding breed. They are great for many dog sports; herding, agility, rally, nose work, barn work and more. They are easy to train and eager to learn. They require psychical and mental activity. Adopt an aussie is you are interested in getting involved in dog training and have the time to train and exercise your aussie daily. If you have the resources: time, energy, money for classes, Aussies are a fun dog to work with.
Scotch will be available for adoption. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment.
Click here for adoption application
Medical: He is neutered, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $225
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge.
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