Cooper’s Heartworm Treatment

i Mar 22nd No Comments by

cooper-faceMeet Cooper. He is a 9 year old doxie that FLDR just rescued on 3/16/2013. He is a sweet boy and his tail never stops wagging.  But we just found out he is HIGH heartworm positive.

Cooper was transported to his new foster home on 3/16/2013 and all the volunteers that drove him said he was the sweetest doxie. Cooper had been coughing, hacking and wheezing all weekend at his new foster home. He tires easily and is underweight. Unfortunately his previous owner did not have him on heartworm preventative and Cooper may have had heartworms for a long time. His heart is enlarged and is full of worms.

This is what Cooper’s heart might look like:


Cooper will be starting the treatment and it will be spaced out over the next several months, due to his poor health. During the treatment, Cooper will have to be on strict crate rest with leash walks only to go potty. He will also be on several medications. We have high hopes this sweet boy will be able to fully recover. He is not neutered and will not be able to be neutered for at least 6 months, again due to his poor health.


Cooper is now our post dog for the importance of monthly heartworm prevention.  Did you know your dog can get heartworms from only 1 mosquito bite?  Please visit this website for Facts & Myths about Heartworms in Dogs:

UPDATE 3/28/13: Cooper gained 1.4 lbs in the past week. He went to the vet, since his abdomen appeared to be bloated. He has fluid building up inside his abdomen giving him a bloated look and weight gain. He has congestive heart failure from too much damage from prolonged heartworms and anemia (also caused by the prolonged heartworms). The vet determined that the HW treatment would be too difficult for him right now, as he will most likely not pull through it. He got some new medications, so we will wait and see how he does. He is still a happy pup whose tail never stops wagging. He hunts for lizards and digs after moles everyday.

UPDATE 4/5/13: Cooper is not able to have the heartworm treatment at this time, due to his enlarged heart. He is going on a new heart medication and will be re-evaluated in a month. We will keep you posted on his progress. Thanks for all your donations for his care.

We need your help to pay for Cooper’s heartworm treatment, medications and long term care.  If you would like to make a donation to FLDR for Cooper, please go to our PayPal Donations page and choose Cooper’s Heartworm project. Or,if you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to Florida Dachshund Rescue with a note that it is for Cooper’s treatment and mail it to our treasurer at:

Maria Lachney, Treasurer
Florida Dachshund Rescue
4115 Ione Court
Auburndale, FL 33823

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