This senior dog is suffering a heartworm but she is finally receiving some love.
In February, this senior dog named Heidi came to the Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago. She was diagnosed with a heartworm, however, she received low funding that led her to wait in the shelter. All this time, she was been waiting and didn’t receive her medical attention needed.
Heidi arrived at the shelter as a 7-year-old dog and was only heartworm positive. The people at TAF met her but her condition seemed to be worse than the information provided for them. The moment she stepped her leg outside the car, she looked 10 years old. She couldn’t lift her head or even move properly.
Heidi seemed to be suffering much pain. She was taken immediately to the vet considering her tough medical conditions. She sat for X-rays and after examination, she turned out to be suffering from Spondylosis deformans. This disease affects the vertebral bones of the spine leaving bony spurs or ‘osteophytes’ along the edges of the bones of the spine.
This can be worse as several bones can spur from different parts of the spine. these weren’t all that Heidi was suffering from, she also has lost many of her teeth.
TAF is now facing a hard decision. They think that if they couldn’t get Heidi’s pain under control, she will be humanely euthanized. They need to get her a foster home and release her from the shelter where she will continue taking anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
Heidi is released to a foster home, luckily. It’s fully equipped and has no stairs. Now, she can get massages and sleep on her bed. She also has a buddy, Hazel Grace. They both are paired where they can give each others’ comfort.