Heartworm Awareness

Canine Lifeline takes heartworm disease very seriously. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos so ALL dogs are at risk—short-haired dogs, long-haired dogs, black dogs, white dogs, giant dogs, tiny dogs, young dogs, old dogs, indoor dogs, YOUR DOG. One bite from a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae and six months later your dog will have adult worms living in the heart and circulatory system.

Left untreated, the disease is fatal. Treatment to kill the adult worms is possible but it’s very expensive (often more than $1,000) and involves painful injections of an arsenic-like drug deep into the back muscles which is very tough on a dog. Some dogs will not survive the treatment.

Fortunately, the disease is highly preventable by giving your dog monthly heartworm preventative medication in the form of a pill or drops on the back of the neck. Depending upon the medication, this can cost as little as $5 per month. Yet we see countless heartworm positive dogs in shelters every day. These dogs are usually first on the euthanasia list as very few shelters have the resources or space to provide treatment for them.

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Canine Lifeline has saved the lives of 40 heartworm positive dogs in 2016, and the trend continues this year. Meet Chester, Laramie, Toodles, Cupid and Lacey – the latest group of heartworm positive dogs in our care. It costs us at least $650 to save a dog with adult heartworms and we rely completely on the generosity of our supporters to be able to save these dogs. Many more dogs are waiting in shelters and need our help.

Please join us in our “Have a Heart” campaign and help us bring attention to this preventable disease and save the lives of more shelter dogs who are heartworm positive. Here’s how you can help:

  • Purchase raffle tickets for our fabulous “Have a Heart” gift baskets. Tickets are 6 for $5, 13 for $10, and 30 for $20 and are available at all of our adoption events. Tickets will be available at any of our upcoming events from April 1 through our 5K Fun Run/Walk on June 4th where the winners will be drawn.
  • Purchase raffle tickets for a $500 Visa Gift Card. Tickets are $5 each or 11 for $50 and are also available at all of our upcoming events with the winner drawn at our 5K Fun Run/Walk on June 4th. To see a listing of all 12 of our raffle baskets, please click here.
  • Make a monetary donation to our “Have a Heart” campaign. Sponsorships are available at the $400 (gold), $200 (silver), and $100 (bronze) levels. Any and all amounts in addition to these levels are also much appreciated! All “Have a Heart” donors will be acknowledged on our website and on a donation board at adoption events. Donations may be made by sending a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125 or online through the form below.

No dog should have to suffer through heartworm disease. If your dog is not currently on heartworm preventative, please call your veterinarian and discuss the importance of prevention. Please visit the website of the American Heartworm Society to read more about the disease. Also, please share this information with others to spread the word about this ugly but preventable disease.