Dachshund of the Month
Frisco is our Dachshund of the Month!
Frisco is the product of a puppy mill in Paris TX, he is a double dapple male with limited vision. We believe Frisco to be between 8-10yrs old, but due to his health issues from poor nutrition he could be much younger. Frisco has been brought current on his vaccinations, neutered, has received a dental which took most of his teeth, and he has been treated for heart worms and ear mites. Please consider this sweet boy as a new member of your family, he has had such a disappointing life. He’s ready for lots of love and attention.
If your interested in adopting Frisco please complete the adoption application.
A home visit and fenced yard are required for adoption.
Adoption fee $175
In Loving Memory
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Kasey Bradley Wheeler. After a 16 month battle with ovarian cancer God called this beautiful angel home. Kasey was a blessing for LowRider, she has been helping save dachshunds since 2008 and will be greatly missed.
In Sweet Remembrance
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our sweet boy, Bosch. Bosch never met a stranger and always would somehow knew exactly what you needed rather that be a huge sloppy kiss or just the warmth and compassion of a loyal friend. We will never know one as sweet and giving as him.
“I love you to the moon and back sweet boy, but I will miss you to the moon and back a million times.”
-Trinket, LRDR President.
Heart Disease Awareness.
At the young age of 7, Bosch was diagnosed with heart disease. Heart disease is common in dogs and can be congenital or acquired. Congenital heart disease is present at birth as to where acquired heart disease occurs most often because of wear and tear on the heart structures or also as a result of injury or infection.
Acquired canine heart disease can take many forms:
Valvular disease, Myocardial diseases, Cardiac arrhythmia’s are abnormal heart beats or heart rhythms,Pericardial disease, Injuries to the heart and infections of the heart (such as heartworm infection or parvovirus infection) can also cause acquired heart disease.
Many of these heart diseases cause similar symptoms. Proper diagnosis by your vet is necessary to treat any canine heart disease.
Symptoms of Heart Disease.
Dogs with heart disease may be asymptomatic (free of any signs of illness) if the heart disease is mild enough to allow the heart and the rest of the body to compensate for the disease. However, if the heart disease is severe enough that the heart cannot compensate for the disease, heart failure will occur and will lead to signs of heart failure.
The types of signs seen in heart failure will vary depending on how severe the disease is and which side of the heart is affected. However, the signs most commonly encountered with heart failure include:
- Coughing (usually the first sign)
- generalized weakness
- tiring easily
- lack of appetite
- weight loss
- breathing heavily
- swelling in the legs
- a bloated, fluid-filled abdomen
- increased heart rate
- weak pulse
A bluish coloration of the gums may occur if blood circulation is poor and is an indication of inadequate amounts of oxygen reaching the body.
Other signs that may occur with heart failure include vomiting, diarrhea or constipation as a result of poor blood circulation reaching the liver and intestines.
Heart diseases that cause arrhythmia’s (irregular heart beats) may cause fainting episodes.
The best way to prevent non-congenital heart disease in dogs is to keep them on a well-balanced diet, maintain a regular weight and offer regular, moderate exercise. The symptoms of heart disease can often be lowered with medication, but once diagnosed, the disease itself is almost always fatal.