Estimated Date of Birth: April 26, 2014
Size: 54 lbs
Color: Brown and white
Hi, I’m Preston!
I am a handsome boy looking for my forever home! I love snuggling with my three foster siblings (well only two because the senior gal in the house doesn’t want anything to do with me :) ), but that’s okay I just give her space.
My perfect home would have one or two calm canine sibling(s) or maybe I could be the star of the show as the only dog! I like toys, attention, car rides and going new places.
You see, I was on the rescue only list at the shelter because I'm a heart worm positive, intact male with a bad back leg/hip. That means not only am I an expensive dog to save (current estimate $4k), but I have months of medical recovery and rehabilitation ahead of me. Thanks to Casa del Toro for giving me the chance to live a life pain free. We're raising money to help pay my vet bills so please click the donate button and give today!
My medical journey will start with heart worms treatment. Heart worms are transmitted by mosquitoes and in Indiana dogs should be given heart worm preventative monthly year around. Heart worm treatment takes about six months to complete. My foster mom will start me on a heart worm preventative, then I go to the vet for a shot and stay overnight for observation. When I'm released from the hospital I have a solid month of crate rest and leash walk only, because this is the most dangerous time in the recovery. Basically my foster mom said the shot that they give me kills the actual worms in my blood (-gross). Since the blood doesn't have the ability to filter debris out, the worm carcasses float around in my blood stream until they are re absorbed in the body (-okay that sounds kind of cool again). So the largest danger during this first month post treatment is the chance of a clot forming and causing a heart attack or stroke (-yikes). Luckily with crate rest and restricted physical activity the chance for a healthy recovery are high.
I love my foster siblings. We have a lot of fun playing and then snuggling together in a great big pile. I know that they will be at my side during my treatment which makes me feel better.
Once I am medically cleared to be able to go under anesthesia I will be scheduled for a neuter. During my vet exam last week the vet investigated the scar down my back leg. X-rays show that I was probably hit by a car and didn't receive medical treatment. So either one of my testicles didn't drop or part of my car accident injury affected my testicles (since it appears I only have one) so I will have a little more complicated neuter surgery but I should make a full recovery.
Then when I'm heart worm negative and neutered we will have had time to figure out a game plan for my rear left leg. I hurt it a while ago and Casa del Toro is waiting on x-ray results to determine the scope of damage. Physically, I don't like to use that leg, I'll lip or 'side saddle' sit to avoid putting weight on it so I have muscle atrophy and you can see a large healed scar my on caudal quadriceps. Tentatively the vet says I may need FHO surgery like my friend Benny, but we still have time to consider our options.
June 8, 2018
This guy spent the whole day at the vet yesterday for observation as he started his heart worm treatment. Doing well, no coughing, and very tired.
June 19, 2018
Oh my gosh I got a bed in the mail today! Thank you so much for donating towards this item off his wishlist it will definitely help his recovery. This will be so nice as he recovers from heart worms and eventually his leg surgery. As you can see, he already loves it!
July 2, 2018
I'm getting out and about for the last couple of chances before I start heart worm treatment. I loved seeing everyone at the Get Lit For Pits fundraiser and adoption event this past weekend.
July 12, 2018
I went in this morning for my first heart worm injection. I’m going to spend the whole day at the vet so they can make sure there are no complications. I see lots of sleep in my future! I had no complications today after getting my first heart worm treatment shot. I didn’t like that at all and my back is a little sore from the shot but the ladies at the vet office gave me pets and loves all day long! They told me I was such a good boy...I know. I’m glad to be out of the vet office and relaxing in my foster home. Today was exhausting!
July 17, 2018
It’s almost been a week since my shot and I’m doing ok. I haven’t been feeling the greatest and don’t feel like doing anything. I’m not coughing at all but it doesn’t take much for me to get out of breath! I’m doing the best I can to just relax. Luckily it’s summer and that is what summer is for.
August 26, 2018
It’s been about two weeks since I received my last two heart worm treatment injections. I felt terrible for a few days but am feeling much better now. I visit the vet again in a couple of weeks for another check up. I’m still taking my meds everyday and trying not to run around too much. I can’t wait until I can run around again!
September 25, 2018
I am happy to announce that I am officially heart worm free! Woo hoo - I feel like super dog!! Thanks to everyone who donated, bought me toys & sent well wishes!
October 4, 2018
I’m healthy enough to have my surgeries. I am schedule for FHO surgery and my neuter on October 24th. We’ve started another fundraiser for my surgeries since they will be expensive, but you know I’m worth it! They tell me that my surgery won’t cause any long-term problems or require any special treatment/follow-ups so I’m really looking forward to not living in constant pain anymore.