Hoby experienced his first snow. Once he realized he could walk on it without falling down he started to really enjoy it! I’m sure he never saw anything like this is southern Texas!
Hoby demonstrates the art of camouflage. He loves to be in stealth mode around the house. He thinks I won’t see him on Friday when he has his cardiology appointment. He is getting an echocardiogram to help stage his heartworm infection and to help decide the best treatment for his lung damage. Wish him luck.
Stay tuned for more information about heartworm disease and treatment.
As he sleeps on his bed I decided to post the next step in his journey. When he is awake he insists on being petted constantly. 💕
The next step in Hoby’s treatment is to see how the heartworm infection has affected his lungs and heart. Normally the lungs appear as dark forms around the heart. The white in this X-ray indicates congestion. Hopefully, this damage is reversible once the heartworms die off. An incidental finding is the small bright object at the bottom of the screen. That is a pellet lodged in his side. Sadly a large number of dogs rescued from the south suffer this fate.
This is a video of Hoby’s blood under magnification. That little organism you see is a microfilaria (immature heartworms). He has hundreds of these circulating in his system.
The first step in treating his disease is to attempt to kill these immature heartworms first by using monthly heartworm preventative. At the same time, he is on an antibiotic to kill a bacteria called Wolbachia that often accompanies microfilaria. Through this long treatment he must be very calm. He has a flair for this talent. Click here for link to see the microfilaria moving under the microscope!
Meet Hoby 😊. This handsome boy was rescued from South Texas by Lu’s Labs. He joined Lisa’s clan last week and fit in like a missing puzzle piece. He is extraordinarily calm and asks only for constant petting. He is not food motivated which is very strange for Lisa after many years of labs. Lisa writes that at 96 pounds he is the largest lab She has ever owned (although he might be a bit chubby) and learning to walk around a wall of lab is becoming a much needed skill.
He is 5 to 8 years old and sadly has heartworm disease. He has already started treatment and I feel I need to post his treatment of this very preventable disease. It’s very likely that he never had preventative like Heartgard or Interceptor and that is why he has advanced disease. The next six months will require lots of restrictions in activity as the worms die and become free-floating bits in his bloodstream putting him at risk for embolism. I’ve told him what to expect and he has already shown he knows how to rest 😊
Welcome home Hoby!