Cleansing parasites is necessary to protect and nourish…it was too late, for Gabby.
Before leaving the house today, we reflected on how we did our best to keep her clean, protect her from more pain and nourished her hunger for love. Knowing that there would not be a tomorrow for her, we gave the last bit of love we could.
Our dear, sweet Gabby was put to sleep today, July 9, 2010, as our last and final act of love.
Yes, love can be hard, brutal and sweet all in the same breath. You see, Gabby contracted heart worms, parasites, about 4 years ago and was diagnosed 1 year later. At the time, we couldn’t bear to put her down. We agreed to give her steroids to decrease the swelling and let her live out her days.
What we didn’t know was how hard it was going to be to watch her decline. Oh how I wish I would have educated myself about nutrition, cleanliness and prevention before she got sick.
Once dogs get heart worms the choices are limited and can be costly. Our choices were even more limited due to her age. We’ve had Gabby since our son was in sixth grade. This year marks his tenth year out of high school.
Had we only known…
If we had known that mosquitoes in our area were carriers of this dreaded disease we would have taken preventative measures. Although I’m not big on drugs and artificial medicines, I would have chosen those over these parasites called heart worms.
I was going to insert a picture of an infested heart, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The pictures are graphic, nasty and I could only imagine my heart being strangled by these parasites.
Can our other pets get it…
The only good news we got from the vet that day was the protection of our other dog, Dexter. He was a mere pup when Gabby was diagnosed and the two were inseparable.
I was deathly afraid that Dexter could “catch” heart worms from being with Gabby. Running, playing and wrestling with Gabby, drinking from the same bowl…could he get infected?
The vet reassured me that the parasites can not be passed from animal to animal. The key factor is in the mosquito bite and saliva. An infected mosquito must bite an animal implanting the eggs. The eggs are then “fertilized” by the saliva of the infected mosquito and thus begins the life cycle of the parasite.
Gross isn’t it. But, it put my mind at ease knowing Dexter would be protected as long as I gave him monthly medicine to block that cycle.
What if we…
Many times when the kids were home we would play with the dogs, like most families do. Running and jumping, laughing and falling to the ground the dogs would pounce and lick. They are crazy when they are happy, licking you all over.
We never even thought about parasites in humans. But, we were to soon find out that people get parasites, too.
I mean, we worm our animals…dogs, cats, horses, cows…they all get wormed. If memory serves me right, Grandpa used to worm the cows a few times a year. I know we wormed our dogs at least twice a year, the cat, too.
But, my house is clean…not spotless, mostly cluttered, NOT dirty. I really thought only dirty people could get “worms”. Then, my daughter got sick and we couldn’t figure out why.
Humbled by reality…
A trip to the pediatrician revealed that she had worms, pin-worms…oh my gosh! I was devastated. What would everyone think? Unfit mother, dirty…who knew what everyone would say.
My concern was for my daughter to stop hurting. She couldn’t sleep. She would stay in the tub of hot water for hours to relieve the pain. All I wanted was for her to be well and rid of these “things”.
The treatment given to her were “cyanide pills“! Horse pills at that, huge, hard to swallow horse pills. Each of us had to take them, too. This type of parasite was ingested into to system by “breathing” air! Yes, the eggs are airborne.
From that day on we made it a point to always do a quarterly cleanse. It took awhile to find the right one for our family. One that was not too harsh, making us cramp and bloat.
With help from a friend who knew what they were talking about, we developed a wellness plan. Never again did I want my kids to go through that pain and embarrassment.
Learn from your dogs, like I did…
They say dog is man’s best friend. If taking responsibility to care for your dog is higher on your list of priorities than your family…maybe you might re-think your priorities!
Don’t wait til your kids have parasites to start your healthy habits. Cleanse, nourish and protect your bodies today!
Your whole body will thank you.
Until Next Time…
Carla J Gardiner
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