NY Pit Bull Needs Viagra

A New York animal shelter is seeking donations of Viagra to treat a pit bull with a heart condition.

Staff members at the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington, on Long Island, say 6-year-old Ingrid needs two of the little blue pills every day or she will risk heart failure. They say a vet suggested it.

The pills cost about $10 apiece, and the shelter has been asking Viagra users to pitch in and donate their unused pills.

Viagra was originally developed as a heart medication but is now used mainly by men to give their sex lives a boost.

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  • by Terry Zarnik Location: LaBelle, Florida on May 25, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    One more thing for Ted and Anti-terrorist. This treat - ment has been around for years. In fact my Vet from Cape Coral, Florida used it on his dog for years. He was able to live 4 more years while taking Viagra. The drug opens up the vascular system in the heart and lungs allowing the dog to breathe easier. This takes the pressure off the dog's system and he lived an enjoyable life. As my Vet told me regarding my Beagle, it is very costly for the average person to do for his or her dog. Even he said it cost him a lot and he was a Vet and got things for free. If you knew much about meds , you would know that many of the meds that humans take are the very same ones dogs and cats take. Some of the same dosage and strength, others are lesser to allow for the weight difference. Don't be so fast to judge. Just because you hadn't heard of this before doesn't make it new. Who are you two... Fox news or CNN or better yet Oprah? Terry
  • by Terry Zarnik Location: LaBelle, Florida on May 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Yes I have heard of this. In fact our 10 year old Beagle, given to us to rehab and get well, has heart worms. Our Vet mentioned to us that our Beagle would also need Viagra after his treatment to make his heart beat at a less stressed pace. I, too , will be in need of Viagra for our dog as well. My problem is that we don't have $20.00 per day for this treatment. What other pill could do the same for less money. Any advice would be appreciated. Terry and Snickers
  • by Anon. Location: Snow Hill on May 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    anti-terrorist-My grandmother's dog just finished her chemo treatments SO.. don't say anything about dogs taking human drugs bc, if it works, it works. human or not. and it's not an experiment. Dogs have the same diseases as humans, and therefore should be given a chance with taking human drugs.
  • by bs Location: robersonville on May 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    who care what people think. I have a german shepherd that had parvo and they gave me the same thing for my dog as people for taking (tamiflu) so what the problem. I found out that my dog was having seisures and guess what he taking the samething that people that for seisures. Would i think about putting my bestfriend down. hell o know. get a life just because an animal that human drugs doesn't mean you need to let them die.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on May 18, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Anon- Sorry but I would never equate a dog in a shelter with an orphan child. What worries me is that you would devalue human life so much as to compare it with a dog. You also need to brush up on your Viagra history. It was being developed as part of a study to cure cardiovascular disease. It showed little promise in this area except in the relief of mild angina. Not only is it not prescribed to patients with heart disease, it is contra-indicated. The fact that this dog is taking it to survive means the end is near. The vasodilatory effect of Viagra is not a cure and will not result in an improved long-term outcome for this animal. If anything, it is an experiment being put to the public as some sort of act of kindness. At least where I am from you have to go through a board of ethics to experiment on animals.
  • by Anon. Location: Snow HIll on May 17, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    If people would actually read up on the medications that they take, they would see that Viagra was invented to treat heart disease, and an erection was a side effect. Women, and Babies take Viagra, and I doubt it's for an erection. And anti-terrorist, if you were an orphan, without means to survive, and needed medicine, how would you like it if they just let you lay over and die. IDIOTS. Ted, maybe if you were as smart as you think you are it wouldn't be news, you would have already known about it.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Are they gonna nickname him "boner" lol
  • by Me Location: G-ville on May 17, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    To:What? on May 17, 2010 at 08:48 AM... I think your missing the point of Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on May 17, 2010 at 01:10 AM comment. The point is Who is going to adopt a animal with health problems? It is totaly different if the dog has been part of your life for years. This animal does not have as good of a chance to be adopted as a health dog. I agree, the dog should be humanly put down. Besides how much money is the shelter spending on this dog that could help feed and shelter a lot of other animals with a better shot?
  • by What? on May 17, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Just because a dog has a heart condition doesn't mean you should automatically sentence that dog to death. I have a Jack Russell who has been nothing but loyal to me and my family for over 13 years now. He has recently been diagnosed with a heart murmur and tachycardia. Although this has slowed him down a little, he is still perfectly capable of living a good life. I could never imagine putting my dog to sleep just because it is an inconvenience for me to have to give him pills everyday to control his symptoms. That's just cruel. I hope that people who have some extral "blue pill's" will send them in. If that's what is keeping the dog alive... then why not? Just like the next person, i'm not crazy over a pit bull but if the dog is need there's no need in letting it suffer.
  • by Chris on May 17, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    You know someone will pick that dog up from the shelter just so they can have a conversation piece whenever someone talks about dogs... "oh yeah, my dog needs viagra to survive"
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