If our animals could talk, how do you think they would tell their heartworm story?
Meet Brownie and how we predict she would tell you about her trip to the vet.
My name is Brownie and I live in Michigan with my Mom.
It was just another vet appointment.
I hate going to the vet, but I tried to be brave for my Mom. I was nice to the nurse when she came in and I listened intently while the Doctor talked to my Mom about all of the vaccines, deworming, and bloodwork she would recommend for me. My Mom agreed to it all, just like she does every year.
After all the pokes and blood draw, I was ready to leave. But then, the Doctor came back in with a worried look. My Mom looked at her with a confused look - my heartworm test comes back positive.
"How could that happen?" My Mom asked the Doctor. The Doctor calmly explained that it only takes the bite of ONE mosquito to infect me and unfortunately I was not on heartworm prevention, I almost forgot about those monthly chewys that I love so much. The next thing I know I’m taken away from my Mom for another blood draw and then into a scary dark room where the nurses took pictures (x-rays) of my heart.
Finally it's time to go home, but this time it was different. I have pills that I have to take every day- I am very sneaky and found a way to convince my Mom that I need extra peanut butter to take them. I’m a good dog though and don’t give her too hard of time. I also got my chewy treat, I almost forgot how much I enjoyed them! What a crazy day! Now as I relax from my exhausting day at the vet I'm just happy I don’t have to go back for another year.
Before I know it, I’m headed back to the vet office again. I was so confused as the nurses came in, talked to my Mom, and then took me away... again. The nurses put me in a cage and told me that “everything will be okay” and that I am “so brave.” I don’t feel brave, I don’t want to be here at all. I just want to go home and be with my Mom. A few minutes, that feel like a few hours for me, pass by and the nurses are back. I was just getting comfortable. One of the nurses kneels down and lets me come to her first - she knows I’m scared, but tries to reassure me. Then another nurse comes in and pinches me in the bum. The next thing I knew, I was getting very sleepy and everything around me started happening in a haze.
The Doctor pet my head and talked to the nurses about how this is the best thing for me.
I heard the clippers, then felt them on my back ... then something cold.
I felt the Doctor feel for my hip bone and spine and then another big pinch. It hurts a bit, even through my haze.
Then I heard the Doctor say “1 injection down; 2 to go” - I thought to myself… I have to do this two more times? It’s too much to think about and my haze makes me very sleepy.
Before I knew it, Mom was back to pick me up. I was so happy to see her. She made an appointment for me in another month and gave me a big hug as we got ready to leave. I had a feeling things were going to be different at home, but at least I'll be home.
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Brownie finished up her last heartworm treatment being the brave girl that she is and is officially heartworm negative. Her Mom is now telling all her friends about heartworm disease and comes in religiously for Brownie’s heartworm prevention.
Although Brownie was scared through her heartworm treatment process, she was brave and never gave the vet team any trouble.
Heartworm treatment is an intensive process that puts an animal out of their comfort zone.
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