We have a pet-free household right now and boys 8 and 13months. We are looking for a very calm adult dog to be a companion (especially to DS, 8) A somewhat local rescue has a standard poodle available.
"H is a 3 yr old male chocolate standard poodle. He weighs in at about 60 lbs, and gets along great with other dogs, and kids, too. He lives with 4 children now. H is a nice boy who will make some lucky person a great family pet. He is neutered, has all his shots, HW positive, and microchipped."
Some details from my phone call:
* he is a former breeder dog from Ohio (breeder retired)
* he is heartworm positive but not "fast positive". He may have missed heartworm meds doses at the breeder.
* he does not have the "heartworm look" or any other signs.
* rescuer is suggesting that he be kept on heartworm meds for one year, then re-test. (and probably keep him on the meds after that anyway.) The rescuer suggests that monthly meds can be used as an alternative to arsenic-based treatment method. (which she says costs $1000 and requires overnight at vet.)
* this dog is considered "special needs" due to HW and get a reduced adoption fee.
What are the health implications of a heartworm positive dog? What are the behavior implications of a kennel-raised, former breeder dog?