in 3 months
Barbara Stinedurf has five dogs, but her littlest pooch is the aptly named Lil Wil.
Lil Wil is a Chihuahua that Barbara adopted from a breeder 5 years ago for her son. Initially hesitant about how he would get along with the other dogs in the house, a few minutes in the door and all of her worries melted away. “He visited a few times just to be sure this was the right place for him - and it most certainly was.”
From the moment Lil Wil was adopted he was a perfect gentleman, politely carrying his empty water dish over to his people when he was thirsty -- even though there is another perfectly good dish of water right next to his!
Also, Lil Wil has heart disease.
Heart disease can be a very debilitating condition, and for Barbara, seeing Lil Wil suffer breaks her heart. “When Lil Wil gets excited his body starts to shake. When this happens and he attempts to breathe he begins to choke. Unfortunately this is due to the heart condition as his heart beats too quickly and takes a while to slow down.”
To keep Lil Wil healthy, Barbara has to make sure that her tiny buddy not only takes all of his medication on time, but also that he does not get overexcited. Lil Wil suffers from an enlarged heart. What that means is when he gets too excited, his heart beats faster than the rest of his body can handle, causing the tremors and eventual passing out. But Barbara is on top of it.
So, while Lil Wil requires round the clock attention, Barbara is more than capable and willing to take up the torch.
How PetPlus Helps
While the most important thing for Lil Wil is the love and attention of those around him, without the proper medication, his condition would quickly become unmanagable. Lil Wil is currently on Vetmedin, Enalapril, and Salix to help keep his heart in fine working order, as well as Hydrocodone to keep him calm. “PetPlus has helped make the cost of Wil’s medication much more manageable. Also, I can pick up his meds in store, which makes my life much simpler.”