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(PIX11) – Viagra saved the life of a dog with a sick heart several years ago, and now her old shelter on Long Island is coming to the pooch’s aid once again because the dog’s supply of the drug is running dangerously low.

In 2008, Ingrid, then a pup, arrived at the Little Shelter in Huntington in frail condition. She had 14 pounds of fluid in her abdomen, a bad heart and an advanced heartworm.

Ingrid started treatment with traditional heart medications, and was then placed on Viagra, which helped coax her back to health.

Viagra is widely known as a sexual-performance drug, but the medication was originally developed as a heart medication, as it boosts blood flow. Ingrid has to stay on the expensive drug for the rest of her life.

Even though Ingrid was adopted in 2012 by a family in Medford, she still relies on the shelter for her Viagra. The shelter’s supply of the drug that has helped keep Ingrid alive is running low, so the Little Shelter is seeking donations to help her.

Chris Phillips, the adoption office manager at Little Shelter, said Ingrid “has an extremely sweet disposition. You would never know she was sick.”

For more information on how to help, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770 or mail a donation to:

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Att:  Ingrid

33 Warner Road

Huntington, NY  11743    

Read more: http://pix11.com/2013/09/04/shelter-raises-money-for-sick-dog-that-needs-viagra/#ixzz2e1lQsDY1

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