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Heart worm treatment & neuter

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Name: Preston
  • Color: Brindle
  • Size: Medium
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult

$320.00 raised of $1,000.00

Hi everyone, I'm Preston, Casa del Toro's newest adoptabull! I'm a super social fella who is, medically, a hot mess. I'm told that this is just 'Phase 1' of my medical treatment and that I have officially started on the long road to recovery. Here's my freedom ride from the shelter on April 29th.

You see, I was on the rescue only list at the shelter because I'm a heart worm postive, intact male with a bad back leg/hip. That means not only am I an expensive dog to save (current estimate $4k), but I have months of medical recovery and rehabilitation ahead of me. Thanks to Casa del Toro for giving me the chance to live a life pain free.

My medical journey will start with heart worms treatment. Heart worms are transmitted by mosquitos and in Indiana dogs should be given heart worm preventative monthly year around. Heart worm treatment takes about six months to complete. My foster mom will start me on a heart worm preventative, then I go to the vet for a shot and stay overnight for observation. When I'm released from the hospital I have a solid month of crate rest and leash walk only, because this is the most dangerous time in the recovery. Basically my foster mom said the shot that they give me kills the actual worms in my blood (-gross). Since the blood doesn't have the ability to filter debris out, the worm carcasses float around in my blood stream until they are re absorbed in the body (-okay that sounds kind of cool again). So the largest danger during this first month post treatment is the chance of a clot forming and causing a heart attack or stroke (-yikes). Luckily with crate rest and restricted physical activity the chance for a healthy recovery are high.

I love my foster siblings. We have a lot of fun playing and then snuggling together in a great big pile. I know that they will be at my side during my treatment which makes me feel better.


Once I am medically cleared to be able to go under anesthesia I will be scheduled for a neuter. During my vet exam last week they found that one of my testicles didn't drop so I will have a little more complicated neuter surgery but I should make a full recovery.  

Then when I'm heart worm negative and neutered we will have had time to figure out a game plan for my rear left leg. I hurt it a while ago and Casa del Toro is waiting on x-ray results to determine the scope of damage. Physically, I don't like to use that leg, I'll lip or 'side saddle' sit to avoid putting weight on it so I have muscle atrophy and you can see a large healed scar my on caudal quadriceps. Tentatively the vet says I may need FHO surgery like my friend Benny, but we still have time to consider our options.


Scar on leg

Side saddle sit 

Silly sitting

Thanks everyone for helping me on my road to recovery. I know that I'm in good hands now. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly towards my vet bills.


  • It’s almost been a week since my shot and I’m doing ok. I haven’t been feeling the greatest and don’t feel like doing anything. I’m not coughing at all but it doesn’t take much for me to get out of breath! I’m doing the best I can to just relax. Luckily it’s summer and that is what summer is for.

    July 17, 2018

  • I went in this morning for my first heart worm injection. Hoping everything goes well. I’m going to have to spend the whole day at the vet so they can make sure there are no complications.  I see lots of sleep in my future!  

    July 12, 2018

  • Back home from the vet and doing ok! I had no complications today after getting my first heart worm treatment shot. I didn’t like that at all and my back is a little sore from the shot but the ladies at the vet office gave me pets and loves all day long! They told me I was such a good boy...I know.  I’m glad to be out of the vet office and relaxing in my foster home. Today was exhausting!

    July 12, 2018

  • I'm getting out and about for the last couple of chances before I start heart worm treatment. I loved seeing everyone at the Get Lit For Pits fundraiser and adoption event this past weekend.

    July 02, 2018

  • Preston received a bed today from his wishlist! Thank you so much for donating towards his recovery. This will be so nice as he recovers from heart worms and eventually his leg surgery. As you can see, he already loves it!

    June 19, 2018