Check out Peter, a 7-year-old miniature Pinscher/chihuahua mix. Isn’t he cute? Unfortunately, Peter wasn’t feeling up to snuff lately. He was acting rather sluggish and kept throwing up a white, frothy substance. His mom was so worried, and decided that she needed to get Peter to the vet straight away.
The vet found that Peter has chronic dry eye, as well as congestive heart failure. That’s right folks, your beloved dog can have heart problems just like you. Heart disease may lead to congestive heart failure, which means that your dog’s heart has a hard time pumping blood to the rest of his body. Some pups are born with heart issues (vets will often call this a congenital heart problem); however, old age, injury, infection and lifestyle (diet and exercise) can also play a role in heart issues. The disease can progress slowly and it may take years to spot. If your exhibits some of the following signs, consider taking your pet to the vet:
Acquired heart disease in dogs (like Peter) can be prevented with some of the following tips:
Peter's mom is unable to work, and was applying for Supplemental Security Income. She currently lives with her mom, who is disabled. Neither of the owners were prepared to cover the vet visit for Peter, so they reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Fortunately, the vets believed that with some medicine and a few lifestyle changes, Peter will live a happy life with his mom.
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!