Bear has been receiving heart worm treatment for the past several months. We started him on medication, got him neutered, got his 1st of 3 rounds of heart worm treatment and now he finally has gotten his 2nd and 3rd treatments. They do the last 2 24 hours apart so he has had a rough couple days.
This happy go lucky boy has been so patient and sweet through the whole process. It kills us to keep him restricted to a small room or his crate all the time, but it’s necessary for his treatment. After the injection the heart worms (which can be up to a foot long) start dying off and breaking apart into the bloodstream. If a dog gets his heart rate too high they can then be pushed into his the smaller vessels in his lungs and cause a fatal blood clot.
With that being said, the last two days have been extremely stressful. The rainy season decided to start YESTERDAY, the day of his 2nd injection. This wouldn’t be a problem, but Bear is terrified of storms. He goes into full on panic mode, screams, shakes violently, cries and tries to destroy anything he can get a hold. This goes on for hours and sometimes lasts longer than the storm. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to calm him down. We used to give him sedatives when this would happen, but they will interfere with his treatment right now. The only thing I’ve been able to do is put on a Thundershirt and that hasn’t really helped. I have been biting my nails just trying to wait it out hoping he doesn’t unknowingly killing himself. I’m sure everything will be fine, but it’s terrible to watch him suffer like this.
Bear will need 8 more weeks of exercise restriction then he will need some training and will be ready for adoption. I can’t wait to see this guy in a home of his own