The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch continues to leverage the generous Animal Welfare Grant from the Robert Parker Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This grant is focused on providing medical services beyond routine needs. This has been an especially difficult year for special needs and we couldn’t have met them without this grant.
Heartworm disease is prevalent in dogs in Florida. It is only spread through infected mosquito bites. If left untreated, heartworm disease will progress and damage the dog’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, eventually causing death.
We have a wonderful update on the dogs that came in as strays and tested positive for Heartworm. Jessie and Tahoe both completed their heartworm treatment this month! Both were just adopted into wonderful families at the end of October.
Jesse at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch.
Tahoe at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch.
Furthermore, we’ve had a number of dogs and cats who have had skin infections, allergies and mange that required immediate treatment. Chip is an example of a dog that this grant specifically helped. Chip was a sweet 9 month old lab mix. The poor little guy had a serious case of Demodex Mange. It is a parasitic skin disease caused by microscopic mites that live in the hair follicles. It often occurs in a young dog that has an immature immune system. In addition to itching, the dog loses it’s hair in patches, as was the case with Chip. Chip completed a month of treatment and was recently adopted into a wonderful forever home! He’s enjoying his life of playing and swimming. His family loves him.
Chip after receiving treatment at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch.
Thank you to the Robert Parker Fund!