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On behalf of the staff at Walton County Animal Clinic, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed.  We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website's Pet Memorial page. Please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.

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On Monday night, I got my angel wings.  I was a happy young pup, of 5 years old, running and playing with my furry brothers and sisters.  I had been a healthy canine with no problems and never had to go to the vet.  Playing outside, in the summer evening, was what I loved to do!  My little canine family would play chase and chase balls when we would get our two legged companions to throw them for us.  We had fun daily in the nice time of the evening.  Luckily, my brothers and sisters had no problems, either.  In Florida, we got bit by those pesky mosquitoes!  Our human companions sprayed themselves down with insect repellent but nobody thought about us.  I loved our family’s late afternoon playtime my friends and I would play till the sun went down.

I stayed indoors most of the time especially during those hot months.  I did not like those skitter bites, though.  I did not know those bites were actually killing me while I sat with my family on the couch and my special place – my human’s lap.  Later, as I found out - heartworms ARE transmitted by mosquito bites!  My humans and myself thought I was protected - I was a little dog who stayed inside most of the time except for potty breaks and our playtime!

Over the years, my heart began filling up with the heartworm parasites.  I was very tough and I wouldn’t let any of my friends or human companions know of my condition.

Just a few days ago, after hiding my signs for a long time, I began to pass out!  This was very scary for me......and my humans, too!  After several episodes, my human parents carried me to vet.  I had been really breathing hard for a few days and I was really scared.  The vet treated me nicely and tried not to stress me, since any stress caused me some severe breathing problems! I really loved my human companions, but I was afraid that I going to die!

The vet took my blood and checked it; he radiographed my heart and lungs........the diagnosis was extreme heartworm disease!  I was losing my breath.  The parasites were killing me! 

I know my human companions would have stopped this if they could have..........they did not know this horrible disease could be prevented!

Please take care of us! We depend on you!

I went to sleep tonite ......... never to awake!

Unfortunately this is a true story. Dr. Blackwood