heartworm positive

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  1. dogsarebetter

    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    My new foster has heartworms. he has been treated but is still recovering.
    I asked the kennel worker if i can exercise him as i would any other dog, and she said yes.

    but he gets tired very easy and coughs a whole lot when he even fetches the tennis ball three times!

    Did she tell me wrong? am I suppose to be keeping him quite?
     
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    I adopted a HW+ dog before. The vet there told me, that the dog shouldn't get
    too much exercise. If the dog gets too excited they can have a heart-attack.
    You should limit their activity.
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    thank you very much!
     
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    Agree !! No activity !
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    i knew something was a miss. I had him out playing fetch with him for a short period of time. i brought him in and he was breathing extremely hard and was acting lethargic. I wish the animal shelter would educate their employees better!

    (she was an actually employee, not a volunteer or jail work release person)
     
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    Not a big surprise. :p
    Most of them, don't know anything about animals.
     
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    colliewog Collies&Terriers, Oh My!

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    It's because of the treatment that he needs to be kept calm. The dying worms in the heart will break loose if you get the blood pumping too rapidly.
     
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    I also had a foster who was recovering from hw. Limited excersize for sure! :)
     
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    Collie is right ....as they die off you don't want them coughed into the lungs .
     

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