The Plankton Fund, benefiting heartworm positive dogs at Cleveland Animal Care and Control was established by Friends of the Cleveland Kennel in 2014 in memory of a dog named Plankton. He arrived at CACC suffering from late stage heartworm disease.
This fund provides grants for the life saving treatment for heartworm positive dogs so that no dog suffers like Plankton, but instead gets the help they need.
The annual Holiday Hops for Hearts fundraiser held on Giving Tuesday has raised over $65,000 in the past five years providing treatment for over 140 heartworm positive dogs from CACC.
Friends of CITY DOGS Cleveland is dedicated to continue funding this life saving program.
Our beloved Plankton will always be in our hearts.
The American Heartworm Society does state that exercise restriction should begin the same day the diagnosis is confirmed.
Your heartworm positive dog, after receiving melarsomine treatment will be instructed to remain caged, crated or penned for the duration of this phase of treatment except when they need to go outside to potty. The duration of this phase may be as short as 30 days, or as long as 120 days, but most of my foster dogs were under cage rest for 60 days.
During exercise restriction:
During cage rest for non-symptomatic dogs:
The information shared here is not a replacement for the advice and direction of your veterinarian. Every heartworm-positive dog is different, and may require a very specific protocol.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.