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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:
Last edited by goldiemom93; 04-16-2019 at 04:16 PM.