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TeeHeeHee Posted 19th Oct 2019, 10:16am
  I've been given to understand that the video I posted of Dylan, my dog, could not be viewed so I've adjusted the Youtube privacy settings: here it is ...
TeeHeeHee Posted 15th Oct 2019, 04:16pm
  This givees a gook explanation of the treatment and risks involved in handling Heartworms in dogs ...
TeeHeeHee Posted 15th Oct 2019, 09:28am
  Hi Taurus, since we found out we did hours on end researching Heartworms with Mary on German sites and me on English. There is an American Heartworn Societry which covers just about everything there is to know on this.
They recommend yearly injections but they also recommend prevention before cure (which can be fatal)
Of course we knew nothing of this , basically because this mosquito (or one of the 70 mosquito carriers) was not indemic here: was being the operative word.
We do have a change in climate very noticable down here and that can be a reason why this, or these, mosquitos might be now this far north of the Med areas. They might also be freighted in on aircraft transporting fruits and veg from those areas.
But we're sure that they are here now.
All four of our cats had one form of cancer or the other. Gypsy went at 8 years with bone cancer, the `Big' Maus had pancreas cancer at 15 years and Charlie had it in his jaw at 17 years. The `Old' Maus who made it to 25 got it in his tongue in his last year
Call me naive but I never suspected that animals would have cancer before any of this.

But humans, although cases are rare, can also contract Heartworms from the carrier mosquitos but for some reason they don't develope past the larvae stage as far as I've read..
TeeHeeHee Posted 15th Oct 2019, 08:58am
  Hi Ash, if we have to put him on treatment' and really there is no ifs about that, then we have to keep him away from any form of physical excercise, including walking, and Dylan rarely just walks. He's learning how to do that when Mary takes him to a local training school up on our local mountain and he's a quick learner too ... as we are tongue.gif ... but when I take him out I let him off the leash as soon as we get passed the local school on our street ... and he's off.

WE have two local deer herds here of about 15 head each and although we don't often see them during the day we know where they have been at night and Dylan knows that better than us. But I rarely have to call him other than "Cheerio Dylan" and change direction and he'll fly past me from out of the mais fields in no time flat ... unless a trail is still warm, then I may have to wait for His Nibs.
When we first got him it was difficult to get him to understand the `sit' command but now it's all just handsignals for `sit',, `down;, `wait; and `stay;.
Sandy, our Maine Coon mix cat, was brought to the house at 4 months old two weeks before Dylan arrived to give her time to settle bnefore he came. She was born in ahousee where there were already 3 dogs so that was no problem. They get on great although it took Dylan a wee while to realise he can't put the `bite' on her when playing.
There were rules to be followed.
Dylan was not allowed on couches or beds and Sandy was not allowed to scratch chairs and wallpaper nor take shortcuts from armchairs across the coffee table to get to the couch and vice verca.
I swear this is true: by the time Dylan heard us shouting "SANDY NEIN" for the third time when she was testing her claws on a chair back, he was up and running to push her away. Same went for the coffeee table strolls where it was !"SANDY Ne... ' and Dylan went into action.
So we had to put a stopp to that; that was our job and not his. She couldn't even use her climbing/scratch trees, he'd be there as soon as he heard her start to scratch laugh.gif
But Dulan runs(we should have named him Forrest) Even when I take him out for our hourly midnight ramble he runs a lot: he wears an LED collar so I can keep an eye on him in the fields.

When he starts the treatment it will be a different ball game. He must be kept at complete rest for 30 days in order to maintain a stricly normal heart and respiration rate.
Thirty days of no 3 or 4 trips to the fields, rivers or mountains lasting between one and thre hours and thirty days without his big mate Damon: they even use the house as a playground jumping over the couch and using my bed as a trampoline (the rules went out the window ages ago rolleyes.gif )

We just hope to be able to see him using the `couch hurdle' and trampoline when the treatment comes to an end.

taurus Posted 15th Oct 2019, 08:54am
  well I think the needle Tiger got every year was to prevent heartworm and whatever else I can`t remember ,distemper maybe,but I did know heartworm was to be dreaded,I had no idea how it acted. Terrifying,really seeing your pictures.This was our son`s dog who came for a weekend and stayed 10 years until we lost him to testicular cancer.
ashfield Posted 15th Oct 2019, 07:30am
  Never heard of that one, nasty. Hope Dylan gets sorted ok thumbup.gif
TeeHeeHee Posted 15th Oct 2019, 12:12am
  Continuing with Dylan's Story ...

I mentioned him falling into an almost unconcious state two weeks ago on Satyrday and that we had his blood tested on appointment last Monday with the results being giving to us on the Thursday of last week ...
His blood tests gave a positive for... Dirofilaria_immitis ... or ...


and this is where they begin ...

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This is not only a fatal disease on its own but the treatment is also, dependent on the aadvanced stae of the heartworms, fatal.Unlike worms in the dog's intestines which pass with the stools when killed, These worms are not passed in that way because they, when killed, move with the blood circulation. If the dog's immune system cannot break them down quick and small enough they@ll cause embolism in the dog's veins leading to great pain and heart attack.

The cycle:

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The eggs are introduced into the skin infecting the dog. They then hatch on their way to the bloodstream where another mosquito may pick up the larvae from the blood stream when it bites an already infected dog.
Now they reach stage L3 while back in another mosquito host and develope from larvae to micro worms which are injected into an other unaware dog host at stage L4.
From there micro worms make their way to the heart and lungs where they nest until they are matyre adults, females reaching 12" and males 8" after nine months.

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Like something out of a horror film akin to "Alien"

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... except this isn't SciFi but the reality of how a young dog's happy end can be devastated by one of those `
...creatures great and small'

We have Dylan the Vilain booked into a clinic a half hour drive from us and it's Thursday 21st inst. There he will undergo ultrasonic imageing and we'll see just how advanced these creatures are. His recent blood test showed no larvea so that isperhaps a good sign, indicating no females, but the test showed enzymes that only the female produces ( like a perfumed lady walking through a room leaves a scent behind) so perhaps the have not reached maturity.
We'll just hope that the clinics instruments are stae-of-the-art.

Are any of tou familiar with this disease?
I'd never heard of anything like this untill last week.
TeeHeeHee Posted 14th Oct 2019, 12:24pm
  laugh.gif Poor Damon has to go through this as well.
Sometimees Dylan tries to `mount' him ( whether he fancies Damon or not, I'm not sure) and when we had Gunter again a few weeks ago he too fancied Damon.
The interesting thing regarding the strong friendship between Dylan and Damon, who are the same age, is that when they are `play fighting' which I see as `combat training', Dylan sometimes gets up ontp Damon's back to throw him over.
Dylan is the only dog who gets away with this.
In doggie parlance that is domination and Damon will allow no dog to dominate him.
It's for this reason that I understand their `play' to be practice for when they ever meet Max the African Ridgeback again cool.gif
taurus Posted 14th Oct 2019, 05:03am
  a man walked down our street every morning with his 2 German Shepherds (cross) a he and a she. Our Tiger wanted to make the she his one true love but the he had other ideas,so from then on we had to keep Tiger away and safe from the boy dog. we thought he had an aversion to shepherds,but another man had the most beautiful shepherd which he walked every day over the headland. This big dog had a fancy for our wee dog,"Ben" ,a bloke,who thought our wee dog might be a nice mate in the biblical sense ! he came home evry day with blonde hairs on his back,we laughed and said to the owner why don`t you get Ben desexed,he said he was done years ago. Not a succesfull op obviously.
TeeHeeHee Posted 14th Oct 2019, 12:40am
  Dylan's Story: .. continuation

On the completion of his first year, on the Saturday 5th October, at 3 1/2 years old, Mary had finished editing this video which she'd put together to celebratye Dylan the Vilain's new life with his new found home, his best friend Damon the Demon (the Huskey) and ... having bread with butter on it. laugh.gif

when he was in the shelter run by a lovely lady called Mirela Mia, her husband would bring baskets of bread end-crusts which the dogs would polish away in no time at all. So when Dylan came to us we always gave him the end of a fresh bread loaf which we'd started and he'd take it to his rug in the living room and eat it there - until I gave him the crusts from the bread I'd been eating and he discovered ... BUTTER

Now if there's no butter on his crust he spits it out at my feet until I butter it then he takes it to his rug laugh.gif

Dylan has played in the River Rhine, been through the Woves Canyon in the Kandertal valley, followed deer trails on the Tullinger mountain a 10 minute walk from the house. He has chased, unsucessfully, after crows and run with deer in the local fields 5 minutes from here: he is from herder stock.
He runs like a whippet for short 50 meter bursts slowing down to a trot before galloping back to me when I call him.
He met Damon, a neighbour's dog (with whom he'll share a food dish together and a water dish together although Damon is the bigger by 50% mass) as a result of both of them being attacked seperatly within 3 days of each other by an uncontrollable African Ridgeback which had Dylan by the throat till I managed to prise its jaws loose. Three days later it had Damon's face in its mouth leaving him with a few scars.
I'm not sure how dogs communicate with each other but since then they have formed atwo dog pack and really do practice fighting tactics. Damon taught Dylan how to go for the hind legs which he practices often. The next time they saw the Ridgebackk they were virtually shoulder to shoulder facing him off as he came to them with full throttle from two fields away but we humans took control of the situation before one of our dogs, game as they were, got seriously hurt: I held them both back while Damon's pappa ran to the Ridgeback hurtling rocks and scoring a couple of times.

We all agreed that both dogs, especially Dylan the Vilain, were full of life but in Dylan's case that became the understatement of the year.

The week before we celebrated his first year we took Dylan to the vet to get his jabs up to date, rabies etc.
He aslso got a worm-cure tablet to be administerd 2 days after the jabs. When we gave him his tablet on that Saturday morning he later threw up in 5 places across the living room carpet. I put him into the garden while I cleaned up but he wasn't looking in any good shape.
We put it down tom a reaction to the jabs coupled with the tablet.
Later, Jasmin, our neighbour, and her daughter came to pick Dylan up to take hoim to the fields with Damon: these two girls absolutely dote on Dylan, who reciprocates with fervour.
I told them that Dylan wasn't feeling to good and why and we agreed if he wasn't up to an hour's fun with Damon the girls would bring him back.

Shortly after, Jasmin rang me to say that Dylan had lain down, lifeless; on the ground by the mais field and she'd try to cvarry him back.
At 21.7 kilograms that's a bit of weight to struggle with when you're holding it in you're arms but in spite of being told to wait till I got there the brave Jasmin did try. She managed twice 50 meters and putting him down again then she saw me.With her help I got Dylan across my shoulders and we headed home.
We took him to a vet on weekend service but she couldn't give us a diagnosis but agreed the tablet might have been the cause. Another couple of injections and he seemed OK again, which was a big relief to us all but we still didn't know why he'd reacted so badly.
On the mMonday we took him to our own regular vet for blood testing.
The reults came last Thursday - so three days ago.

To repeat the understatement, Dylan is full of life ... and it's all in that great little heart of his.

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