Take A Chance on our Acey Boy

by lindsaymccay • Posted in: Pets Needing Homes

Do you know what happens to dogs when they are left untreated for heartworms?- Caval syndrome. This disease is a serious complication of chronic heartworms in dogs and cats.  Once an animal has this, the adult heartworms living in the arteries of the lungs begin migrating into the chambers of the heart, causing massive disruption of the heart’s regular beating and blood flow.  This disruption causes heart failure.  Caval syndrome is almost always a death sentence in a dog.

Just don’t you tell those long odds to our Acey Boy!  He is a very lucky, very friendly 6 year old male neutered cattle dog mix.  Acey Boy came to APA! from Town Lake’s euthanasia list.  We tested him for heartworms and discovered he was positive, but when he became very weak and lethargic Dr. Jefferson had an ultrasound performed on his heart.  It turned out he was suffering from caval syndrome and given a 10% chance of survival.  APA! took this chance and treated him, and against these odds, Acey Boy’s heart won out.  He is now healthy and so ready to be introduced to a loving family.

With his energy and health fully restored, Acey Boy is a very active 25 lb dog; he loves playing ball the best!  He would be the perfect “man about town” dog for any blog reader- he enjoys riding in the car, going on walks, and basically doing anything you want to do.  He has maintained his upbeat attitude throughout the entire ordeal, and continues to do so after weeks of being overlooked at our adoption sites. He is really a special dog, and we are looking for a special owner to eclipse the past hardships in his life with new affection and devotion.  To see where Acey Boy will be each day, visit here!

4 Responses to "Take A Chance on our Acey Boy"

  1. Melissasays: September 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Aww, what a tough cookie and such a cute boy! If only I could talk my BF into getting another dog…

  2. Ellensays: September 18, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Our own volunteer Robyn Roberts with Mettasound Imaging donated the ultrasound that diagnosed his condition. Thank god she was willing and able to see him so fast!

  3. Amysays: September 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Sweet Acey Boy! I had no idea your heartworms were so advanced. :-(

    If you’re reading this and are thinking of adopting a dog, please do give Acey Boy a chance! He’s an incredibly sweet dog with a wonderful personality and lots of love to give. The person who decides to take a chance on this fantastic older gentleman will be very lucky to have such a special dog in their life!

  4. authorsays: September 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Acey Boy is an absolute wonder of a dog! When I first met him, he was very sick, but he has never once been grouchy! He is sweet, loving, cuddly, and just wants to hang out with someone. Now that he’s healthy, he’s so much fun! He wants to play fetch all day and is fantastic on the leash! He adores people, especially kids. Acey is a total “boy’s dog”. He wants to explore, run, play, get dirty, and play some more! Please come out and meet him today!