Harvest, Alabama                            





  • Female
  • Age: 4  (4/23/2018) 
  • 15.4#
  • Health: Undergoing treatment for heart worms
  • Adoption Donation: $TBA




Welcome in, Heidi who is quite thrilled to have just escaped from hernasty, hot, filthy outdoor kennel that she's been living in.   More to come soon ๐Ÿ’œ

UPDATE JULY 2, 2022: Living in a hot, filthy, outdoor pen in Alabama with no parasite prevention is a sure way to end up with heartworms and we are so sorry to say that that is exactly what happened to Heidi ๐Ÿ’” Now, this poor 4 year old girl is going to have to undergo months of terrible heartworm treatment because her breeder, who was making money off her, couldnโ€™t put $8 a month back in her to protect her from heartworm disease ๐Ÿ˜ก
Heidi will need to undergo heartworm treatment but first we have several other infections we need to get taken care of. Are you surprised to hear that she also has a raging urinary tract infection, terrible ear infections, and bothersome ear mites? We didnโ€™t think so. Heidi has been asked to take care of litter after litter of puppies, when no one was taking care of Heidi. Not even in the most basic sense! Are you as furious as we are yet?! ๐Ÿ˜ค
Heidi is now in her loving foster home in Harvest, Alabama working on getting healthy. Sheโ€™ll return to the vet on the 12th for a recheck and to see if we can begin heartworm treatment which starts with 30 days of being on Doxycycline. Treatment takes several months and we will be sure to keep you posted along the way ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
PSA ๐Ÿšจ Heartworm prevention is extremely important! There are SAFE and EFFECTIVE and AFFORDABLE products out there and your dog depends on you to provide it to them, every month! No excuses! No dog should ever suffer with heartworm disease! 

UPDATE JULY 19, 2022: Sweet 4 year old Heidi returned to the vet last week for a recheck following her intake vetting and spay surgery. You may remember that Heidi tested positive for heartworms at intake and so we dove deeper at her recheck appointment to learn more about her stage of heartworm disease. Sadly, Heidi is โ€œstrong positiveโ€ or โ€œhigh positiveโ€ and her chest xray revealed some damage already being done by the heartworms ๐Ÿชฑ Heartworm treatment is a very time consuming process and starts off with being on Doxycycline (an oral antibiotic) for 30 days. We would have loved to have already started the Doxy to get this process going, but of course Heidi has been suffering with other infections that also need oral antibiotics and that need to clear before we can start the month long Doxy. Her recheck revealed that she is now all healed up from her spay surgery and dental, just got a clear urinalysis following treatment for a bad urinary tract infection,

her wonky CBC has normalized, and no ear mites were found on her recheck ear cytology. Now that the ear mites are gone, we can treat her bacterial and yeast ear infections more aggressively. With all her improvements, she has just been given the green light to start the 30 days of Doxycycline. After the 30 days of Doxycycline, she must then complete a 30 day โ€œwait/restโ€ before she goes in for her first of what will be 3 total heartworm treatment injections. They are deep, painful, intramuscular injections to the lower back leaving them very sore. It absolutely breaks our heart that Heidi has to pay the price for the irresponsibility of her owner/breeder ๐Ÿ’”
Without treatment, Heidi would die a very horrible death from heartworms and so as much as we hate she has to go through this, we are keeping our eye on the prize - the gift of a long, healthy life ahead for Heidi full of family, love, freedom, and fun, and NO heartworms! You got this, Heidi ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

UPDATE AUGUST 27, 2022: Precious Heidi (left) in Harvest, Alabama has completed her 30 days of Doxycycline and is now in her 30 day โ€œwait/restโ€ period before she goes in for her first (of 3) heartworm treatment injection on September 15th ๐Ÿ’‰ to kill those nasty, deadly heartworms that her breeder allowed her to get by keeping her in an outdoor pen and denying her heartworm prevention.
Her foster sister Patti is taking part in the rest period too ๐Ÿ’•

UPDATE OCTOBER 4, 2022: A few weeks ago sweet little freckle face Heidi (second from left) in Harvest, Alabama, underwent her first of 3 heartworm treatment injections ๐Ÿ’‰ to rid her of those nasty, damaging heartworms that she arrived into our care with. Brave Heidi handled the first injection very well and is doing a wonderful job of following strict โ€œrestโ€ orders, which her foster siblings are partaking in too ๐Ÿ’• She will return to the vet on 10/17 for her second injection ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

UPDATE OCTOBER 19, 2022: Letโ€™s hear it for sweet, brave Heidi who completed her heartworm treatment today! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ We are so happy and relieved to have the treatment injections behind her and now she can just rest and recover in her foster home in Harvest, Alabama โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Way to go, Heidi ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

UPDATE NOVEMBER 21, 2022: Sweet Heidi in Harvest, Alabama has completed her heartworm treatment ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ but remains on โ€œrestโ€ orders ๐Ÿ’ค Rest during and after heartworm treatment is essential to reduce the risk of complications that the dying heartworms can cause, which can be life threatening. So lots of lap and couch time it is ๐Ÿ’•
Heidi is due to return to the vet in February for her first post treatment heartworm test to see if all the worms have successfully been killed ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

UPDATE FEBRUARY 21, 2023: Sweet 4 year old Heidi came into our care in June of last year after living in a small, filthy, and hot outdoor kennel in an Alabama breeding operation. Sadly, she arrived with heartworms, testing โ€œstrong positiveโ€. From July to December, Heidi underwent heartworm treatment to rid her of those damaging worms that would otherwise kill her, if left untreated. She was a trooper through the treatment and today was the big day - the moment of truth - as she took her first heartworm test since treatmentโ€ฆ
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IT WAS NEGATIVE! Heidi is now heartworm free!