Thankful Thursday - Mikey is getting better - Stop and smell the flowers!

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My dog, Mikey, is getting better.  He got a bad case of heart worm disease while in Mississippi - the veterinarian here in Mesquite NV did not even know how to treat it - we don't get that here.  So Mikey is going through "the treatment", which is mainly shots of arsenic.  He is 10 years old this summer and has been through a lot in his little life - including stitches and 15 staples when two Rottweilers were fighting over him - for their lunch.

Funny how much you can love a little animal!  Funny how he knows that he won't get in trouble for squishing my flowers that I work so hard to keep blooming in this desert heat. :)

Mikey - relaxing in the garden

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Jason Sardi
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Virginia - Glad to hear that Mikey is getting better.  And he seems to have no qualms with squishing those flowers:)

Jun 18, 2009 01:55 AM #3
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Poor Mikey!  I'm glad  he's getting better.  He looks very cute squishing your flowers.

Jun 18, 2009 05:17 AM #4
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Hi Virginia

Mikey is looking good in the photo, I hope all is well with Mikey.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 18, 2009 08:52 AM #5
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Virginia what an adorable picture!  I am soo sorry your little buddy has had soo many troubles! I wish your sweety the quickest recovery!

  

Jun 20, 2009 08:46 AM #6
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I'm glad he is doing better, and why wouldn't he sit there, you have made it look so inviting.


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Jun 21, 2009 01:52 AM #7
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Jon - he actually enjoys them more than I do.  :)

Mary - he has some really bad days - he is on steroids and pain pills - but I think he is going to come out of it.

Jason - the little guy has no guilt issues at all.

Chris - before he got sick, he would try to climb trees.  He doesn't know he is a dog - we were going to wait till he got older to tell him and never did.

Lou - I am spoiling him rotten.  Good luck to you too!

Debra - we told him to write a book, people think a dog's life is always glorious.  :)

Todd - he thinks everything is his!

 

Jun 21, 2009 09:10 AM #8
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Arsenic? Wow. I would have thought Hartz heartworm pills would do the trick.

Jun 28, 2009 08:59 PM #9
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No, Russel, the Heartgard pills are a preventative - they kill the larvae of the adult worms which float around in the dog's blood until a mosquito bites the infected dog, the larvae have to stay in the mosquito for 2 weeks, then the mosquito bites the same dog or another.  Now the dog is infected with heartworms that can grow.

Mikey was on heartworm pills, but they don't kill the adult worms that he got during a period when he wasn't on Heartguard.  So they grew and grew.  It is a horrible thing for a dog to get.  We don't get it here because we have no mosquitos to speak of.

Jun 29, 2009 04:22 AM #10
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Virginia, so sorry to hear about Mikey's problem with heartworms!  They are nasty in this area - I buy the Heartguard.  But last year I missed a few months and was sweating it out for about 6 months!   Glad to say my little guy is fine.  I hope Mikey's treatment is about done!

Jun 29, 2009 05:49 AM #11
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The picture of Mikey is very cute.  Glad to hear he is feeling better, sounds like he's really been through a lot lately.  Hope all continues to go well for him. Take care.

Jul 04, 2009 03:58 AM #12
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April - The treatment is so harsh, I am glad your dog didn't get it.  Mikey is done with the shots, now we are just waiting for the results to work through his system.

Hi Gary - Thanks, he has about 2 more critical weeks, then he should be OK - I spend a lot of time with him and don't leave him alone for very long.  I haven't had to take him with me on any appointments, yet.  :)

Jul 04, 2009 08:10 AM #13
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Perfect setting for your pup - although he doesn't look all that thrilled-its cool:-)

Jul 24, 2009 04:56 PM #14
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Liz - actually he is sitting on his toy chewie thing, hiding it from me, and smirking at me.

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What a sweetie.  I have a yorkie about Mikey's age, he looks tired but still spunky!  I agree, truly amazing how much we can love these little animals! 

Jul 25, 2009 02:39 AM #16
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Kristin - he has me wrapped around his little toe!

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Godd to hear Mikey is doing better. My dog Chanel means the world to me too. She's curled up beside me as I type this. I haven't had her on Heartguard she's always inside except to do business. We had a scare last year and she almost died. I even vetoed giving her shots this year so her system would not be compromised. Her little kidneys were barely working after poisioning from rawhide chew bones(I think from China). It's funny how the world just isn't right without them around every day.

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What a sweet picture of Mikey!  I bet he's OK now.  We went through that too, and as long as you keep them contained they get better.  I had never heard of hearworm before we moved to the islands.

Aug 25, 2009 02:42 PM #19
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Hey, Lizette - I was pretty worried about him - still worry, he has some heart damage, but its acting like a puppy again, and I am spoiling him rotten!

Georgina - Yes he is over it - that arsenic treatment is pretty rough on them, he is about as healthy as he ever was.

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Just came from Mikey's Rainmaker post glad to see that he is better, since this was over a year ago. A reminder for me to make sure Tiki-Tiki always gets heartworm preventative medicine every month.

Jan 20, 2011 06:26 PM #21
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Eva - that is so sweet!  He got over it, it took several months, he now has heart damage.  But he is on medication and I take him everywhere and make sure he has a good time.

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