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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


Little bit is just that, this 8 pound red girl is very sweet but can be an escape artist.

She would do well with a retired couple or someone without a lot of traffic in the house. She is very much a lap dog and just craves to be with people.

If your interested in adopting Little bit please fill out our adoption application. A home visit and fenced yard are required for adoption.

Adoption fee $100
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