I hope I don't recieve a lot of hate mail for this, as I and my family are in a great deal of pain...this is our story: we went to a rescue shelter 5 years ago and adopted 4 to 6 yr male siberian husky that ran straight to my husband and children--as if they were his long lost buddies! We knew he was the one and hardly listened to the kind woman who gave us all his paperwork and other information.(I wish we had) Our children were young then 3,6 & 11.We were overjoyed. He adapted well to us and we were so proud of him! We had him taken to the vet and groomed. We had purchased electric fencing to put around the perimeter of our 6ft walled and fenced backyard as huskies are notorious escape artists.He never did run away in fact, we could work out in the front yard and he would just lie there--he never strayed.He was an indoor dog (hot where we live) and as I'm a SAHM he'd follow me from room to room all day everyday--we took him to the vet regularly and he was always heartworm negative. Here's the danger; we became complacent. We had heard that since he was an indoor dog--he didn't really need to take the medicine and so after 4 yrs we just stopped-that lead to the biggest heartbreak of our lives. You see, some dogs will not even exhibit signs at all--or they are mild.In July, he began to have a slight cough nothing major--like after he took a drink of water...a few days later we were having a dinner party and he began to pant heavily. He then went to sleep. We took him in as soon as the vet opened in the morning. Chest xrays and blood test revealed heartworm. We were shocked, but we should NOT have been. The guilt and shame were overwhelming! How could we have let this happen??? We told the vet cost was no oject; do everything possible to save him. He was put on a couse of steroids and an anibiotic. His kidneys and liver were fine.He was alert, happy,eating and drinking as usual. The vet had him on these meds for more that 2 weeks but reduced the steroids to almost nothing. On Monday he was scheduled for the heartworm treatment which was to be given in 2 stages 1 month apart. She said his heartbeat was a "little too fast" and resumed the steroid treatment (at 1/2 the original dose) and gave us heartgard plus. We gave him the heartgard and watched for any adverse effects--as he had only taken interceptor as a prevention.By mid morning he was panting heavily went to sleep for a while and began again. I rushed him in and he died within 2 hours. I have talked to other vets since then, and was told that they personally would've treated him right away--instead of waiting. We knew the risks involved in the Immiticide injections and were willing to take the risk--knowing he could've died unfortunately, he never had the treatment and died anyway. Many things went wrong to aide in his death, primarily us--if we had never stopped giving him the heartworm prevention he would still be alive. We are sick with guilt, shame and remorse. We are ashamed to even tell the rescue shelter where we got him what happened. The pain I have caused my children is unbearable. I will never forgive myself for what I have done.
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