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Unhappy Adopted a senior golden from a well-respected breeder. She has heartworms.

Like the title says, we recently adopted a 9-year old golden retriever girl from a breeder in North Texas. My research indicated that this breeder is known as one of the best in the area, is well respected, has proper paperwork and clearances on her dogs, and has a waiting list a mile long. My husband and I are not ready for a puppy yet, but we do have a soft spot for seniors. We saw that this breeder was looking to place a senior female and we jumped at the opportunity. We went to her home, met "Puddles," fell in love, and took her home. She's our only child and the absolute center of our world now. We even talked with the breeder about adopting one of Puddles' "grandchildren" in the next year or two when she has a litter ready.

While at this breeder's home, she told us they were remodeling and she couldn't find Puddles paperwork in the boxes. But she promised she would find the paperwork, told us Puddles was due for vaccines in April, and told us to call her if we had any questions. Fast forward a few weeks and Puddles has adjusted, so it's time to go to the vet. I call and text both numbers I have for the breeder to ask which rabies vaccine Puddles had, but she does not return my calls. We go ahead and get Puddles vaccinated and just hope we haven't double dosed her on anything. Then, yesterday, my husband gets a call. Puddles tested positive for heartworms and we need to begin treatment immediately. We won't know how bad the damage is until her first treatment appointment. She cannot play, cannot get excited, will have to be kenneled frequently (we have never kenneled her), and will have three rounds of treatment over the next 3-4 months--requiring some stays at the vet. It will cost upwards of $1,000 by the time all is said and done. Luckily, our vet is wonderful and we trust her emphatically.

All this to say... Sure, I'm pissed about the money. But she's our girl and we'll make it work. What I'm REALLY pissed about is this "reputable" breeder who cannot even give her dogs heartworm preventative! She lives in the country in East Texas! Of course mosquitoes are a threat! What the heck??

GUYS, PLEASE. GIVE YOUR BABIES HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE. It's easy and far cheaper than treatment--not to mention it avoids your baby having to go through what we're fixing to put ours through. She's going to be so tired and so confused. This just sucks.

AND REALLY REALLY RESEARCH ANY BREEDERS YOU ARE CONSIDERING.

If you have any advice for going through the treatment, we'd love to hear about your experiences. To end on a positive note, here's our girl:
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What a sweet, beautiful girl!!! I am so sorry you are going through this. I would not give up in trying to get in contact with your breeder..this does not seem right.

Best of luck with sweet Puddles
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I'm sorry but very grateful she is now in your care. My last rescue also had heartworms and didn't crate him... but made him comfortable in the bathroom for quiet time. The good news is at this age their activity level is already lower :-) I hope treatment goes well.

I too live in E Texas... just as an FYI, have her eyes checked by a specialist :-)
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Thank you for giving this madame a new home. It must be really frustrating what you are going through. Most probably she will not even need to be crated much if the symptoms are not very heavy. And an adopted dog bides by the rules very easily when realizes you are her forever home. Thank you again
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So sad, but glad you have her. I'm at a loss for words as to why a breeder would not take care of the basics of dog ownership!!!!
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We adopted a golden back in 2002. She was about 1 1/2..and heart m positive. She had been one hour from being gassed at the county pound. We already had 3 goldens, one older, litter mates that were 3. We had to keep Honey crated and it was so hard on her watching the other dogs be free and the young ones playing fetch, etc. But when it was over and she was cleared, we let her free in the back yard and she ran and spun and leaped and didn't stop this until about 2 weeks before her death to lymphoma. We had her 12 years . She was worth every penny.


When she died in 2014 I said that was it for me, no more dogs. I lot my first in 1956 and had lot so many since and couldn't stand going thru that again. Three weeks later we adopted a 7 year old blind Great Pyrenees from the Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue. And just 3 1/2 weeks later that amazing dog was taken by hemangiosaarcoma. One week later we had another 7 year old Pyr and short time later an 11 yr 5 week old golden. We had Sophie, the golden for 20 months before Hemangiosarcoma also claimed her, and Sir Moose for 4 yrs 2 months. Lost him in Dec. at age 11 1/2 to liver disease. BUT when he was diagnosed, he was given 6 months tops to live. But I cooked for him and we had him 23 months from time of diagnosis, not the 6 months he was suppose to have.


At his death I was so sure I woudl not go thru this again and it was Feb when I decided weneed a dog. SO we adopted another Great Pyrenees who will be 10 in June. By the way, hubby is 75 and I will be 74 in June, so no young dogs for us. We don't want dogs out living us.


Senior dogs are special and most do not want them. We plan to do all we can for senior dogs as long as we are able. Thank you for adopting that beautiful senior girl.

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What a sweet, beautiful girl!!! I am so sorry you are going through this. I would not give up in trying to get in contact with your breeder..this does not seem right.

Best of luck with sweet Puddles
Thank you! And yes, I'm still trying to get in contact with her. I don't care about her contributing financially, but I do want to beg her to put her other dogs on HW preventatives and have them tested.

I will say, my husband thinks she might have known or suspected Puddles was HW positive and that's why she re-homed Puddles (out of 8 other dogs) and why she immediately didn't return our calls. I don't want to think like that, but it does seem plausible.
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So sad, but glad you have her. I'm at a loss for words as to why a breeder would not take care of the basics of dog ownership!!!!
This!! We had already gotten HW preventative from the vet, as we were so sure there was no way she would be HW positive. I thought maybe she contracted it in the short time we've had her, but the vet said testing will typically not detect HW until the dog has been infected for at least six months.
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I'm sorry but very grateful she is now in your care. My last rescue also had heartworms and didn't crate him... but made him comfortable in the bathroom for quiet time. The good news is at this age their activity level is already lower :-) I hope treatment goes well.

I too live in E Texas... just as an FYI, have her eyes checked by a specialist :-)
I'm hoping we'll be able to avoid crating, as I have my suspicions that she was constantly crated when she lived with the breeder. It took her a good 3-4 weeks to realize she was free to roam once we got her, and I don't want put her through that confusion again. She pretty much sleeps all day anyways, so hopefully the bathroom or extra bedroom will suffice for resting.

And we will get her eyes checked. We're new to this owning-a-golden thing. May I ask why you suggest getting them checked?
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