Hi! I’m Kenna! I’m a 2 year old girl who weighs 69 lbs. I am a social butterfly and will greet you with a wagging tail. It seems like I am always happy–what better way to brighten your day than coming home to me? I have lived with cats and dogs and am friendly with most of both! I have also lived with kids, but did not appreciate their company as much as adults. I’m seeking an adult only home. I have heartworm, which is a treatable condition. Shelter Friends will sponsor the cost of my treatment if my adopter can help keep me on schedule.
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Heartworm Treatment Steps
Treatment protocols for heartworms are determined on a case-by-case basis, but most dogs are treated with some variation of the following, taking place over the course of several months:
Begin exercise restriction.
If the dog’s condition is especially severe, appropriate stabilization therapy is necessary.
Begin treatment with oral prednisone and doxycycline to reduce the chances of a bad reaction to the death of heartworms.
Hospitalize the dog for the day and give a heartworm preventative to kill juvenile heartworms in the bloodstream. This is often given in the clinic in case of a reaction. Continue to give heartworm preventatives monthly at home.
Give the first injection of melarsomine to kill adult heartworms. Restrict exercise and closely monitor for side effects for the next 30 days.
Give the second injection of melarsomine 30 days after the first.
Give the third injection of melarsomine one day after the second.
Continue exercise restriction for another six to eight weeks.
Test for microfilariae (juvenile heartworms in the blood stream) three to five months after third melarsomine injection.
Test for adult heartworms and microfilariae approximately six months after the third melarsomine injection.
Available at the Josephine County Animal Shelter 1420 Brookside Blvd. Grants Pass, across from the Grants Pass Airport. You are encouraged to call the shelter at 541 474-5458. When calling please press option 0. Hours open to the public 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday and posted holidays. Up to date on shots, spayed or neutered and micro chipped. You are encouraged to make every effort to visit the shelter for a meet and greet. Staff available to assist. You can walk on the trails and interact in the play yards. Unless otherwise noted, we can not say if your dog does well with cats, livestock or chickens or with the dogs you may already have in your home or at dog parks. So please, if you have a dog, please arrange to bring for a meet and greet. Current vaccinations, spayed or neutered and micro chipped.