Meet Ginger, a golden retriever mix. This girl is an adult, is housebroken and a tad shy at first but very sweet dog available at Foothills Humane Society/Animal Shelter in Liberty, South Carolina.
Being heartworm positive, Ginger is considered a special needs urgent case. She will need an adopter who can afford to have her heartworms treated.
Ginger loves people, and will make someone a loving companion. Unfortunately, Ginger is running out of time at Foothills. If you can offer this sweet girl a forever home, please contact Foothills.
Foothills Humane Society/Animal Shelter
500 Five Forks Road
Liberty, South Carolina
Open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm
Phone (864) 843-9693
Only by the bite of an infected mosquito can spread heartworms There’s no other way dogs get heartworms. And there’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important.
Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states, where all it takes is the bite on one mosquito. Heartworms have even spread to areas where the disease was rare. Anywhere you have animals and mosquitos, heartworms are a very real threat.
According to WeB MD
"It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system."
If your vet doesn't offer by-the-month heartworm prevention, please ask. Many dog owners can more easily afford a single dose versus buying a six month supply at one time. For a dog between 10-25 pounds, one dose can run as low as $5.
Please share this beauty with friends, especially those in the upstate of South Carolina. Social media has brought many deserving pets with owners who will love them forever. And spread the word about how easily a dog can become infected.