Heartworm travail – first shot

Heartworm travail - treatment 1 for Daisy Mae
Heartworm travail – treatment 1 for Daisy Mae

Heartworm sucks!!!! Today is Daisy Mae’s first day of heartworm eradication treatment. I had to drop her off for the day, and it’s just as traumatic for me as it is for her because I know that the look on her face is fear of ultimate betrayal: being loved then abandoned again.

I assured her over and over that I was just “going to the store and would be back!” She’ll have a very rough, emotional day until I keep my word at 4:30 today and which is why I will never “buy” a dog. I rescue and adopt them and support others who do the same. She’s not going to be happy with me today, much less when she gets her shot and meds, but I have a whole month to make it up to her before having to trick her one more time when she has to go back again after Christmas for the second and third shots.

Some people won’t adopt a heartworm-positive or medically-needy pet because of the cost or extent of treatment involved. I look at it as my all-inclusive commitment: she needs a loving home AND she needs treatment. Take the good with the bad or inconvenient. Once this whole travail is done and she gets a clean bill of health, we’ll have many more moments to make up for these few very stressful days at the vet.

Meanwhile, 4:30 p.m. can’t come fast enough for either of us.

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