Thank you all for following Maverick's story. He had a lot of issues when he first came to us such as mange, heartworms, and kidney issues. He had to go to the ER often. We weren't sure he'd make it. He's a fighter though. His foster mom loves him dearly. So, he knows love and support. He's finally gotten to the point where he can start heartworm treatment. However, we have to do it slowly and on a special regimen. It will take 4-5 months. Here's a few updates for you.
UPDATE FROM JANET 2/28/17: Going back [to the vet] next week for the Melarsomine back-to-back injections on Tuesday, 3/7 and Wednesday, 3/8. [Please see protocol] He is doing well....good appetite....has only had one round of head tremors that I have seen (this past weekend) in the past month. The big guns are next week and I feel so bad for him. I might be able to bring him home after the first night, but he is so sore that I don't think I could coax him back into the car the next morning to go back. He was so wiped out last time.....
UPDATE FROM JANET 2/8/17: Poor Mav. He is really sore and not feeling well last night. Doesn't want to eat. Is shaking some from pain. I did get some Trammadol and his nightly meds down him so I hope they kick in soon. He truly has 'whitecoat syndrome' at the vet, then as soon as he gets home, he crashes and burns. He is really having a difficult time getting comfortable. I am glad I am working from hometomorrow so I can watch him closely.
Roscoe did not eat at all yesterday. He was here by himself and he doesn't like being without his buddy, Mav. They are both snuggled up close to me. My sweet boys........
Please keep Maverick in your prayers today. He has his first injection to kill off the adult heartworms. The bug guns come out today. Just praying our compromised guy does well. He gets to come home tonight if everything goes well. All paws are crossed he does well. â¤
UPDATE 1/5/17: Mav did great with his HW treatment today. No issues at all. Goes back in early Feb for his first injection of ivermectin....just hope he continues to do well then.
UPDATE 1/4/17: Mav started his HW treatment on 12/6/16 and has done very well for this first 30 days. He goes in tomorrow for treatment #2 of 4. Will stay at Dr Carter's for the day (same as 30 days ago.....getting a Heartgard and watching to see how he reacts). He has been on Doxycycline and Prednisone for 30 days now and has done well. He has a great appetite. He'a only vomited once. He plays with his many squeaker toys he received from his BRAT Santa Angels! He does not have Addison's disease. Praise The Lord.
UPDATE 10/1/16, 10:20 PM: Maverick has had a good day today. He has eaten both meals, drunk water, gone outside to potty, taken his meds with cream cheese, wagged his tail very slowly, and barked for the first time in 6 days! Still sleeping often, but no more grumpiness toward Roscoe (thank goodness). I think the fluids yesterday were so helpful to him. Hope to hear back on Monday the results of his test for Addison's Disease.
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