Is there anyone else out in blogosphere that has missed a time or two of Heartgard and thought, "No problem, I'll just give him next months dose?" Our Black Lab, Lucky, spent a day in the Vet Hospital last Spring getting a horrible treatment to kill heartworm.....which he became susceptible to all because I was a wee-bit-lackadaisical in giving him his monthly dose of Heartgard. If you have a dog, if your Vet tells you to give that dog Heartgard on a regular basis, if you live in a world with mosquitoes (tell me again, what is their real value??????)--it works BEST to do as you are instructed!
It was a complicated treatment: Lucky was put under, given a massive dose of heartworm killer (EWWWW!), and sent home to lay-low for a few days. He had to remain calm and quiet so as to not cause any heart trouble. Anyone else see the problem? After 4 months, Lucky saw the Vet again for another Heart Worm test--you see, the massive dose of antibiotics kills the heart worm and they disolve over a few months time into the dogs system (Double EWWWW!!!) IF the heartworms remained (had babies!)....another dose would be necessary. THANKFULLY, the heartworms cooperated--and DIED!
Lucky made it through the treatment without a glitch. And the possible glitches were permanent in nature--he could have died! Oh the guilt!~ It seems THIS mom sometimes cannot balance all the plates spinning in the air--and the dog was the one that paid the price. I have made my apologies to Lucky, have prepared his favorite meal a time or two (a mixture of ground beef and rice!), and have decided to share the joy of loving our dogs! After all, children should know the joys of responsibility--shouldn't they!!!!! (That concept is worthy of it's own Works For Me Wednesday post!)
I hope I haven't thoroughly creeped you out this morning; this is a very important lesson. Don't forget the Heartgard! Mark it on your family calendar in RED LETTERS!
But before you race to your calendars, please head over to Lines from Linda; yours truly has been featured on Wednesday's is Friends Day! Linda L. Fulkerson has written an amazing book entitled The Prodigal Daughter. I met Linda through her blog (of course) and have enjoyed numerous email dialogues with her throughout the summer. She has an incredible blog-site; if any of you are writers-in-training, you will benefit greatly by visiting her blog. Most importantly, her story is a very special testimony for all who are standing in the gap for a loved one who is lost.