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In Sweet Remembrance...

Kevin LowRider Rescue

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our sweet boy, Bosch. Bosch never met a stranger and always would somehow knew exactly what you needed rather that be a huge sloppy kiss or just the warmth and compassion of a loyal friend. We will never know one as sweet and giving as him.

"I love you to the moon and back sweet boy, but I will miss you to the moon and back a million times."

-Trinket, LRDR President.

Heart Disease Awareness. 

At the young age of 7, Bosch was diagnosed with heart disease. Heart disease is common in dogs and can be congenital or acquired. Congenital heart disease is present at birth as to where acquired heart disease occurs most often because of wear and tear on the heart structures or also as a result of injury or infection. 

Acquired canine heart disease can take many forms:

Valvular disease, Myocardial diseases, Cardiac arrhythmias are abnormal heart beats or heart rhythms,Pericardial disease, Injuries to the heart and infections of the heart (such as heartworm infection or parvovirus infection) can also cause acquired heart disease.

Many of these heart diseases cause similar symptoms. Proper diagnosis by your vet is necessary to treat any canine heart disease.

 

Symptoms of Heart Disease.

Dogs with heart disease may be asymptomatic (free of any signs of illness) if the heart disease is mild enough to allow the heart and the rest of the body to compensate for the disease. However, if the heart disease is severe enough that the heart cannot compensate for the disease, heart failure will occur and will lead to signs of heart failure. 

The types of signs seen in heart failure will vary depending on how severe the disease is and which side of the heart is affected. However, the signs most commonly encountered with heart failure include:

  • Coughing (usually the first sign)
  • generalized weakness
  • tiring easily
  • depression
  • lack of appetite
  • weight loss
  • breathing heavily
  • swelling in the legs
  • a bloated, fluid-filled abdomen
  • increased heart rate
  • weak pulse

A bluish coloration of the gums may occur if blood circulation is poor and is an indication of inadequate amounts of oxygen reaching the body.

Other signs that may occur with heart failure include vomiting, diarrhea or constipation as a result of poor blood circulation reaching the liver and intestines.

Heart diseases that cause arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) may cause fainting episodes.

The best way to prevent non-congenital heart disease in dogs is to keep them on a well-balanced diet, maintain a regular weight and offer regular, moderate exercise. The symptoms of heart disease can often be lowered with medication, but once diagnosed, the disease itself is almost always fatal.

Pet of the Month


Rossi is a beautiful 3-4yr old, Silver Dapple/Piebald Dachshund male.

Rossi came to us from the Durant Oklahoma area and was heart worm positive, we have had Rossi treated and he is ready for his new home.

He would NOT do well in a home with other male dogs but he does just fine with female dogs.

Rossi can be a little food aggressive with other dogs and he is currently fed by himself in a crate, he is an awesome boy but he will mark (lift his leg) in the house.

Rossi was left in a back yard most of his life and just craves attention. He loves his toys, he's crate trained and will use a doggy door.

If your interested in adopting Rossi, complete our adoption application.

A home visit and fenced yard are required, our adoption fee's are NOT refundable so please make sure you are willing and able to provide a forever home to this little guy before taking the time to complete the application.

We DO NOT adopt to families with children under 10 years of age, Dachshunds are NOT good with kids.

Adoption fee $150
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