As an organization, we are dedicated to educating people on the importance of preventing parasite related disease in our pets - but these disease are also common in the human population. In particular, Lyme disease - the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports over 5,000 new cases of Lyme disease in humans EVERY WEEK. Similarly, even with limited testing we saw nearly 360,000 cases of Lyme Disease in dogs in 2019. Can you imagine the results if there was regular testing?
Meet Cassidy, a veterinary student who is fighting with Lyme Disease amongst other tick transmitted diseases. She has courageously offered to share her story to help raise awareness for her humane and animal counterparts.
When I look back at these past five years, I’m still baffled that this is my life. That I’m living with three separate diseases that all came from a tiny tick bite.
I pretty much go through a range of emotions each day- rage, frustration, anxiety, depression, determination, but most of the time? I’m just plain tired.
I’m tired of the symptoms. I’m tired of the myriad of pills I have to take each day. I’m tired of the bills that pile up from treating this illness. But most of all I’m tired of constantly dealing with the lack of education most medical doctors have of tick-borne illnesses and the biases they have when it comes to all of them.
This is why I’m so glad there are organizations in the veterinary field that are focused on treating, protecting from, and testing for tick-borne infections for BOTH humans and animals. All of those people advocating and working for change - So many families with loved ones that are suffering from the same thing and wanting relief for them depend on this.
So while I am constantly feeling those mixtures of emotions, I am also very blessed to be able to be a part of that profession. That I’ve been able to continue on despite my health. That I’ve been able to push through (very stubbornly I might add) all of the muck that is Lyme Disease, Bartonella, and Babesia (and mold/mycotoxins, adrenal dysfunction, mast-cell activation syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus...) and become the veterinarian I’ve always wanted to be.
So I continue trucking along, taking each day as it comes, each symptom as it comes. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it is so tough and frustrating. I’m 30 years old, and I have the body of an elderly woman. My friends even call me their grandma! But going through all of this while chasing my dreams has made me realize how important self-care is, especially in this profession. It’s really the only thing (besides stubbornness) that has enabled me to get this far.
So please, especially during this pandemic, take care of yourself and your body!
These are some tips I have for myself to stay healthy -
Take it from someone who knows, ticks are out in full force this summer.
Protect yourself and your loved ones - pets included.
For more information or to donate to Lyme Disease research in Humans check out the LivLyme Foundation
For more information on Lyme Disease in your Pets check out the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and consider donating to One Love Pets to continue efforts of providing parasite prevention to animals in need worldwide!
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Ace was rescued from a humane society by Helping Hounds Project, a 501-c3 non profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out "working breed" dogs. Not only does Helping Hands Project rescue these dogs - some receive training to be service dogs to aid people with walking or wheelchair mobility and even emotional support.
When Ace was rescued, he was chosen to be in the training program to become a service dog. He has been described as loving and affection driven! Unfortunately, at Ace's medical appointment he was found to be heartworm positive. Due to this medical condition, his training has been delayed.
Thankfully, Ace is healthy enough to undergo heartworm treatment. He is well on his way to a healthier life so he can start his service training!
Keep an eye out for updates on Ace!
For more information on the Helping Hounds Project visit their website
To donate to Ace's medical bills or any of the other sponsored animals, please visit the link below. All donations are used to prevent and treat disease caused by fleas, ticks and mosquitos in dogs and cats around the world!
Thankfully, we were able to step in and help Fozzie's family, who had already done so much for Fozzie. Fozzie's heartworm treatment is now complete and Fozzie is just waiting for the all clear!
Animals are suffering from heartworm disease and other parasite related diseases all over the world. Help us to continue providing prevention to the healthy and treating the sick!
To donate to Fozzie's medical bills or any of the other animals sponsored by One Love Pets, please visit the link below.. No donation big or small goes unappreciated!
Merida is a 1yr old female dog found as a stray in St. Kitts. Merida had recently whelped puppies and did her very best to give them all of the nutrition that they needed so that they could be chubby, happy and healthy. However, she sacrificed her own well-being in the process.
Merida was rescued by an animal rescue group in St. Kitts called PAWS (People for Animal Welfare St. Kitts). She was emaciated from feeding her litter of pups with little to no nutrition herself.
During Merida's veterinary appointment she tested positive for two tick borne diseases - Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. These diseases amongst the intestinal worms, fleas and ticks also left Merida anemic (low red blood cells). Thankfully, with a good helping of TLC and appropriate medications to treat her tick borne diseases, dewormer for her intestinal worms and parasite prevention for the fleas and ticks - Merida is starting to climb the long trek up hill.
Merida continues to get stronger each day and is turning into a beautiful dog!
For more information on Merida and updates check out PAWS on Facebook
To donate to Merida's care, please click below
Check out SAFE St. Kitts for more information on Rufus and the other animals they have in their program!
Help us to continue to save animals, like Rufus, every donation helps!
Penny is a recently rescued boxer. She had spent the last 2 years as a stray in the woods and had survived 2 major Florida hurricanes amongst other everyday challenges on her own. Penny was caught by a rescue group and homed with her foster family. The first day with her foster family, Penny escaped into the elements again. Many efforts were made to bring her home, After several months of time and energy put in to safely trap Penny and get her out of the woods she was safely trapped and put into a home, just in time for Christmas. Bringing Penny home was a cherished event, and even made the local news!
To no surprise, Penny is heartworm positive.
Penny received her heartworm treatment and is recovering well!
Keep an eye out for updates on Ms. Penny!
To donate to Penny's care, use the link below!
Bear is a roughly 5 year old longhaired black and tan male Dachshund. Bear's original owner had passed away and no one had stepped up to take care of him. Bear was posted on Facebook to find a new home after his owner passed away. He bounced between a couple of homes before his current owner couldn't bare to see him end up in another bad situation and adopted him.
Bear was welcomed into a house with 3 new Dachshund siblings (two of which are also lucky rescues!). When Bear's current owner found him, he was severely malnourished. To make things worse, when brought in to his veterinarian for a checkup, Bear tested positive for heartworms.
Bear has slowly become stronger and has received the okay from his veterinarian to start his heartworm treatment! We are happy to help Bear and his owner get him back to good health!
Start of Treatment: 12/19/18
Keep an eye out for more updates on Bear!