Beulah is a four year old, female German Shorthair Pointer. She came to us with heartworms. And she has a really bad case of them too because she is scheduled to go through another complete treatment a month after her first treatment. This is the first time we have had a dog with heartworms this bad. It’s sad. Poor Beulah.
However, someone forgot to tell her to be sad because this girl is a happy camper! When we took her to the vet for her first round of heartworm treatment and her spay she caught sight of the cockatiels and went into a full point – the vet tech basically pulled her backwards into the surgery area while Beulah was in full point. “Shoot The Birds” she was saying! It was funny, in a sick sort of way. Well, she is a pointer after all.
And a pretty liver and white pointer she is at that. Beulah weighs in at 46 pounds and could stand to put on a couple pounds. But as pointers go, she is on the smaller side. Good thing because she is super strong. This girl can pull. We use a special no pull harness when walking her.
At some point in the near future she will be ready for adoption. We suspect she was and is a hunting dog but that does not mean one should neglect keeping her on heartworm preventative!
We have seen an emergence of heartworm positive dogs already this year: Peanut, Opie, Sherman, this girl and we are getting a black lab, Zoe, that is positive. That is five dogs already this year alone!
Are your dogs on heartworm preventative?