Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 month ago

Can a dog live a long life with heartworm positive, or a born umbilical hernia bump?

Refering to rescues thanks.


Asking for a friend. 

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    1 - No;

     2 - Not necessarily;

    3 - I hate when my friends ask me to post questions for them.

  • 1 month ago

    No.  If you do not know what heartworms can do to a dog you should do some research on it.  Also look into heartworm treatment.  A long long process.  Both need a Vet to fix it.

    I would not rescue a dog with heartworms nor one with a hernia.  Both should be fixed by the rescue agency you adopted from.  The hernia is caused by an overzealous mama chewing the umbilical cord & took too much.

    The heartworms will kill the dog.  Hernia will allow intestines to fall out the hole.

  • PR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Heartworm would need to be treated, because without treatment it can kill a dog. An umbilical hernia may heal on its own, depending on the severity -  or need treatment if it is a severe hernia. Umbilical hernias are not terribly unusual, but should not be ignored. 

    Many rescue animals have health issues, but most often are treated and find good and loving homes. I took in two rescue kittens who had terrible ulcers on their eyes. The vet told me one should have its eyeball removed. I decided to try and treat it since the specialist could not see the kitten due to Covid at the time. Both kittens healed and did not need excessive treatment. Each animal is different and you could consult with a vet for questions, which would be the best advice for your friend and the questions.

  • 1 month ago

    Julie is correct, but I read your first question differently.  No dog can survive long (or with any QUALITY of life) if heartworm positive with adult heartworms clogging up the heart chambers. Any dog can be treated for heartworm but the more severe the infestation, the more difficult or dangerous the treatment can be.

    In my rescue, we always treated dogs BEFORE adoption (because on rare occasions the dog CAN DIE and we do not want anybody to go thru that- on a newly adopted dog).  We did have some of dogs have a BAD REACTION after the vet -given, treatment to KILL the adult worms. These dogs had to be rushed to an Emergency vet, when large numbers of DEAD heartworms began to affect the dog's ability to breath, as they were being "shed out".  No way, should a new owner have to go through that terror (of hearing a dog struggling to breathe) or the EXPENSE thereof.

    Yes, sometimes dogs who have only juvenile heartworms can be given the regular heartworm prevention and it PREVENTS them from maturing (or reproducing) & they are GRADUALLY shed out, but that can take UP TO A YEAR.  At no time with any amount of heartworms can a dog be allowed to run freely or exercise as hard - as any healthy dog can.  So while the normal heartworm prevention "treatment" can work on gradually getting rid of the juvenile version, we do not see it as a VIABLE or recommended way.... to get rid of them, unless the owner or rescue CANNOT afford the ($500 or more) speedy treatment for heartworms.

    Dogs who are long infected with heartworms - BEFORE getting treatment, can have long-term heart damage - including dying sooner than normal, from congestive heart failure.  (WE had that happen twice, to treated dogs).  So some rescues weight that (since the would be adopters MAY have a shorter-lived dog) and do not place - but PUT DOWN dogs with adult heartworms, but it is a judgement call.  If you have not talked to heartbroken families - who went through this, I do not think you can judge, this choice - NOT to treat but rather to euthanize (in some cases).

    Puppies with umbilical hernias can easily be fixed with surgery at the same time as a spay or neuter, and that is USUALLY done; automatically.  If adopting from an REPUTABLE shelter or rescue all animals should be FIXED prior to placement in a new home.  

    However, shelters may or MAY NOT check for heartworms & many ONLY test enough to clear them of ADULT heartworms (not the young juveniles) and shelters DO NOT normally absorb the cost of treatment BEFORE adoption..... so adopters NEED to BEWARE, of potential added costs.

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  • 1 month ago

    When it comes to Heartworm, that would mostly depend on the severity of it and of course there is treatment for this.  An umbilical hernia can also be corrected which is often surgically corrected when a dog or puppy is spayed or neutered.  So the answer to your question would be yes, if proper Vet treatment was sought, and rescues tend to do their best to get proper Vet care in order that their puppies and dogs can get healthy, making them more "adoptable."  This is also something your friend can discuss with any given rescue group and if they plan on getting a puppy or dog from them, they can also speak to the attending Vet if given permission by the rescue group to do so, or can just call the Vet of their choice and ask them these questions.

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