When we adopted our beautiful Dobie-Rot Princess from a small farm in Florida, she had been abused and would lie down on her back and shake when approached. What an unhappy life she had as a young dog. When we took her to the vet, we found out she also had heartworm, which is very common in Florida. She couldn’t safely be spayed because of the risk involved in anesthesia with the heart-worm, and we weren’t financially able to foot the bill for the heart-worm treatment at the time, so both had to wait. In the meantime, we were advised to give her an aspirin and a garlic pill each day, which we did. The vet expressed concerns that Princess could become a “medical nightmare,” but we didn’t care; we just loved her.
Day-by-day, with lots of love, Princess grew into a trusting, fabulously patient and sweet dog. She felt so loved that nothing in the world could put Princess in a bad mood. She had a friend by her side, day and night, and his name was Sidekick. He was a Golden Retriever puppy, and we adopted him from the same farm the day we adopted Princess. His mother had abandoned her puppies, so Princess nursed all of them, since she had birthed a litter that was allegedly stillborn. Sidekick loved her, and she took good care of him.
A couple of years later, we moved to California, and both Princess and Sidekick thrived; however one day, Princess started bleeding and, when we took her to the Vet, she said that Princess had pyometra and would require immediate surgery. Because of the heartworm issue, she only had a 40% chance of surviving the surgery. On the other hand, without the surgery, she had no chance at all. Had she been spayed, this would not have happened, which is yet another seriously important reason to spay and neuter your pets. We opted for the $800.00 surgery and prayed that the sad look we saw on her face, when she was led away to the back of the animal hospital to prep for surgery, would not be the last one we saw.
Princess made it through the surgery with flying colors and was standing up and ready to go an hour afterward. She was so happy to go home, and Sidekick licked her face once he got over the fact that she had gone out and left him overnight. Once she recovered, she had the heartworm treatment, which was successful, and she lived for 5 more years before succumbing to kidney failure at the tender age of 15. Thanks to a wonderfully caring vet, Princess had many good years with us, as did Sidekick, who lived to be 17.