Agility Fun Day. Click here for poster.
$10 for 10 minutes per handler/dog in the ring. Entry fees go to WKC Building Fund. (members, we ask politely that you do not use credits for this...we need a new building!)
What is heartworm? Canine Heartworm or, Dirofilaria Immitis, is a worm that grows up to 14 inches long and lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected dog. Dogs can only acquire this parasite through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes readily pick up larval heartworms from infected dogs who have developed second generation heartworms called microfilaria. If the mosquito bites a dog who is in this stage of heartworm development, the mosquito can then transmit the larvae to other dogs. Some geographic areas have severe heartworm problems while others have virtually none.
Adult heartworms produce second generation heartworms called microfilariae; there are five larval stages and are termed L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5.
Heartworms do not lay eggs like other worm parasites; instead they give live birth and the baby worms are called microfilariae. Microfilariae are released into the circulatory system in hope that they will be slurped up by a mosquito taking a blood meal and carried to a new host. Microfilariae may live up to two years within the host dog in whom they were born. If, after this period, a mosquito has not picked them up, they die of old age. Microfilariae may also be transmitted across the placental barrier to unborn puppies if the mother is infected with heartworm. It is important to realize that such puppies will not develop adult heartworms or heartworm disease from these microfilariae; in order for a heartworm to reach adulthood, it must be passed through a mosquito. The mosquito who ingested L1 stage larval will stay with that mosquito until it develops to L2 and finally to L3. How long this process takes depends on the environmental conditions. In general, it takes a few weeks. A minimum environmental temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit is required throughout this period. If the temperature drops below 57 degrees, the mosquitoes will die and no heartworms can be transmitted. This is why there are so few cases of heartworm in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Colorado. We have been blessed with a long cold fall and winter.
That being said, there was a case of heartworm in Washington State in 2008 where a dog tested positive for heartworm. Supposedly the dog had lived its entire life in Washington and had never traveled.
There is no evidence that there is any increase in new heartworm cases in our state. There is also no evidence that heartworm is enzootic in Washington, meaning it has not become established as a disease that is consistently present in our animal communities. The most common heartworm occurrence in Washington pets has been diagnosed in those that have relocated to the state from known heartworm enzootic regions. Diagnosis has still been very uncommon and occurred most often on or around military installations and communities with a large mobile population. Over the last three decades there have been a handful of heartworm cases like this in the State – some of them up to incomplete recollection on the part of owners or to owners that have not had the animal its entire life and so missed a bit of its history. The rest? Well, they very well could be the uncommon case that has occurred.
If your dog has traveled through enzootic regions you should get your dog tested for heartworm. The dog’s eventual health, after treatment largely depends on the severity of his infection and how long he has been heartworm positive. The treatment will kill the worms, but the shock of the worms dying quickly could cause your dog to die. The worms can block off circulation. Luckily the testing for adult heartworm is fairly inexpensive; about $40
Treatment for heartworm in a dog who has a large load of worms can be dangerous and requires strict kennel confinement, injections of an immiticide and then monthly preventative medications for 1 year. The dog should be retested every 6 months while receiving the preventative and then annual retesting if the dog continues to live in an endemic region.
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Late Sunday night, I drove home from a long weekend of herding sheep with my best buddy, Ted, and some of the most incredible people I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with – including, but not limited to, Ted’s breeder, Gaynor, and longtime mentor, Ron. Memories trail through my mind as the miles disappear in the rearview mirror. I recall all the long days spent under the scorching sun, the long hours of repetitious exercises, the failures and successes, the heartache and frustration and tears – and the indescribable joy of watching the black and white dog at my side slip across a field to gather a flock of sheep. The passion in his eyes and pure joy of poetry in motion never fail to send chills down my spine.
Today, the girl and puppy that fell in love those many years ago seem worlds away. A few short weeks previously, that girl graduated from college, and the dog waited patiently in a small apartment as the hours slipped away. And as the day drew to a close, the two loaded up and drove until the city streets gave way to green open space. With the few remaining hours of daylight, the girl and dog guided sheep across a field – and the years seemed to slip away.
Life changes, but ultimately, we stay the same. The one constant that never left my side – through the growing pains, the heartache and the heartbreak, and the overwhelming changes of a teenager trying to break loose into the world of adulthood – was the furry black and white shadow that greeted the weary college student without fail: my border collie, Ted.
All too often, I’m caught up in the moments – the moments of a personal success, of a first place ribbon, of another trophy under my belt. Yet at the end of the day, those moments fade. As the sun sinks behind the valley walls and the colors melt into the foothills, I simply breathe in the beautiful life. A wet nose nudges my hand, and as the darkness swallows the day’s accomplishments, the greatest success gazes back at me.
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Membership Meetings: Last Monday every month. Karen Hall has some GREAT programs lined up.
- May 21 - Agility Fun Day - Walla Walla Park Shelter #2
- August 13, 8-noon - Eastmont Park Wag n’ Tails
Dog Day at the Park - Eastmont Community Park 4-Plex (we will have agility courses)
- August 13, 5-7PM - Wenatchee City Pool Dog Paddle Swim - 220 Fuller Street
- Oct 14-16 - WKC Agility Trial - Confluence Park
- Oct 21-23 - WKC Dog Show, Rally and Obedience Trials - Chelan County Fairgrounds
Got a good idea for a program (vets, activities, interesting things)? Call Karen Hall and let her know!
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I can add video to the web site. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add a video. Or if it's on YouTube, sent me the YouTube link and I'll put the video up on the site.
I will have my agility field open for practice and/or play, 5/7/16 at 9:00am. I will plan on practice this Saturday, snow or no snow. If possible, please let me know if you think you might be able to make it, if you plan to come. I don't want to set up a course if no one shows. Plus, I don't want to waste firewood........ If you want to contact me, please phone or text me at 771-1892, please do not email me, as I only am able to access the Internet at my neighbors house once or twice a week. Hope I see you, playing in the snow can be fun! The dogs don't care! Cindy T and the determined dobermans
We will be joining in with the Ephrata/Moses Lake members. Hope some of you can come. If any one has anything specific they want to do, they can email me (email@example.com) and I can try to set something up. My address is 5703 Mae Valley Rd. NE. If anyone needs directions let me know and I can post them again. A small fee of $5.00/dog is appreciated to help with the maintenance of the field and agility equipment.
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