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2A Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Beagle's story prompts heartworm warnings Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Floppy-eared Hank was the talk of the newspaper among dog lovers a few weeks ago, when his huge, obviously brown eyes stared dolefully off the grayscale page. His stay in the Plumas County Animal Shelter was a short one, though, over even before readers saw his regal beagle visage. His new owner was so hap- py, and tookhim to the veteri- narian the very next day for the required neutering. But when the pre-surgery blood test came back, devasta- tion hit. Hank had a heartworm in- festation, and treatments were too expensive to bear, about $1,000, possibly more. It was back to the animal shelter for Hank, an unbear- able situation for all concerned, especially the employees. Some of them decided to go ahead and pitch in for his treatment, something they find them- selves doing a few times a year. Back at the veterinarian's clinic, a closer look revealed Hank has had heartworms for some time. There are four grades to de- scribe how bad off the infesta- tion is, and Hank's is right there in the middle, between numbers two and three. To a trained eye, X-rays clearly show an enlarged heart pushing up on his tra- chea, and inflammation lead- ing to his lungs. Treatments will consist of two injections to kill the heartworms, and Hank will have to be kept isolated and calm for up to two months while the dead worms dis- solve and are absorbed by his body. The danger will be from dead worms that, if disturbed by jumping and jiggling, might travel to the lungs and cause a fatal embolism before they dissolve. "His chances are fair to good," said Dr. Doyle Rolston, of Indian Creek Veterinary Clinic. He treats between four and eight dogs a year for heartworms. Prevention would have been better for the dog, and for the humans who care for him. The animal shelter employ- ees join Rolston in urging res- idents to make sure their dogs are on a heartworm preven- tion medication, due to local prevalence. Those who would like to make a donation toward Hank's treatment can do so via Indian Creek Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 159, Crescent Mills, CA 95934. Donors should trite "For Hank" on the memo line. Donations may also be dropped off at the clinic, which is located at 258 Old Ar- lington Road. Heartworm facts Besides dogs and cats, rac- coons, coyotes and foxes are affected by heartworms. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes and enter the bloodstream of the animals they bite. It takes between four to six months for the worms to grow and enter the heart, then they breed and their young travel through the cir- culatory system, from which another mosquito can suck them up. The cycle begins again as soon as the mosquito bites an- other animal. Rolston said that infesta- tions are rare in desert areas, like Reno, butcommon here in Plumas County, where mosquitoes thrive and are al- ready active this year. Preventive medicine costs between $32 and $52 for a six- month supply, depending on the dog's size. Hank the beagle did not have to stay long at the Plumas County Animal Shelter before being adopted, but then heartworms were discovered and his new human could not afford about $1,000 for treatments. Photo by Bill Chesley SsnowBall to t en,.00fit ski fwst snow of the new Squaw Valley, transporting it those efforts in the year flies, a 2012 resolution quickly comes to mind: the re- development of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and the in- stallation of the recently ac- quired chair lift from Squaw Valley. The Eastern Plumas Recreation District, the Plumas Ski Club and a dedi- cated group of local residents and businesses seeks collabo- rators to make this resolution a reality. With that in mind, organiz- ers want to keep the commu- nity informed and engaged in the progress. Every few weeks they will share a topic of interest regarding the ski bowl with the community. Some topics will be informa- tive in nature, some request- ing active support and still others will request ideas for improvements on the ski hill. This past July, the idea of successfully disassembling the lift we purchased from and securing local storage ap- peared daunting, However, taking it one step at a time, with a tremendous amount of community assistance, they now have obtained a complete chair lift and two surface lifts, which are just waiting to be installed. The 10-year operating agreement with Plumas-Eure- ka State Park fell into place last year as stakeholders came together in a coopera- tive effort, preparing to make a significant impact with a project that will benefit the entire community in many ways. Up next is the 19th annual Johnny Redstreake SnowBall, Feb. 25 at Nakoma Golf Re- sort: a time to celebrate the accomplishments of many dedicated individuals, organi- zations and businesses over the last 15 years and to look ahead to the culmination of : CARPET00CLEANING* i Living,! and Hall Dining ...................  $7 9 99 ! *Up to 300 sq. ft. Basic Cleaning , with coupon ', Coupon expires 2/29/12 b ................................................. i ................................................. SOFA CLEANING* Basic Fabrics *No oversized furniture Coupon expires 2/29/12 $4500 with coupon L ......................................... . .... ...,i Applies to Quincy area only. Out of Quincy, extra travel charge, _ (,ARPETICAR I: & REPAIR 530-283-0423 Marty Swisher Quincy i Women's Circle Portola Medical Clinic is expanding its hours. Women's Circle is a place for women to connect with other women, explore their interests, self awareness and creativity. Meetings take place every Tuesday at the Methodist Church Community BuUding (No Church Affiliation) 262 Jackson Street from 1:00 to 2:30 pn Free Chiidcare Provided For more information please call 283-5675 Sponsored by Plurm Rural Scrvioe--Domtic Violence Services come. Between now and then, or- ganizers are requesting dona- tions of all types: gift certifi- cates for services, lodging, restaurants or other goods and local crafts. All items large and small will be auc- tioned during the evening at both a silent auction and a live auction. Prior to the SnowBall, all donated items will be featured on the Ski Johnsville website, ski- johnsville.com. The funds raised during the SnowBall will be used for the redevelopment of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and to support the 2012 his- toric longboard races. Orga- nizers promise a fun-filled evening of camaraderie, fine food and live music as they set the stage for the redevel- opment of the local ski hill. Tickets for the event are now on sale at ski- johnsville.com, Sprouting Roots Health Food Store, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, Chalet View Lodge, Eastern Plumas Cham- ber of Commerce in Graeagle, Pangaea, Quincy Natural Foods and Nakoma Golf Re- sort. Supporters can also "like" the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl on Facebook. Lo@e is shap n 9i Rebecca Guereque and Louis, Louie and Luz Gutierrez have made a lot of progress rebuilding Bucks Lake Lodge, originally opened in 1929. Keith Barnett of Precision Building expects the bar, restaurant and store to reopen early this summer. Cabin rentals are available through the winter; for information call 283-2262. Photo by Cobey Brown YOU PREPARED? • Snow Shoveling & Blowing • Roof & Gutter Clean-ups • Weekly Maintenance • Debris Removal * Raking • Pruning * Hauling 283-5518 P.O. 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