Christmas may be an extra special time for some as thousands of dogs rehomed this year will be spending their first Christmas in their new forever homes.
One of these is puppy Finn, who was rescued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH). Finn has transformed from a young, underweight stray puppy to the healthy family dog he is today thanks to the treatment he received at BDCH.
Poor Finn was very ill and suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting when he was found in West London. Vets also discovered he was passing live worms. He was quickly treated by worming tablets - donated by pet care company Bob Martin, antibiotics and was put on a special diet to help him recover.
Nearly 5,000 dogs are cared for by BDCH every year. Many dogs that arrive have not been properly looked after and so they all receive a full health check by the vets at Battersea upon arrival. Bob Martin has supported BDCH since 2013 and as part of the partnership this year they have donated Clear 3 in 1 worming tablets to ensure that every dog is treated for worms as soon as they arrive.
Most puppies are born with worms as they are passed on from their mother in the womb or through feeding. Stray dogs pick up more worms if they have to scavenge for food. Worms steal all the nutrition meant for the animal and multiply very quickly, so if the dog is not treated early on, worms can become life-threatening for young puppies. Not only that, but worms can be passed onto family members and children, impacting the family’s health too.
Finn was so small and weak when he arrived, it took him several months to fully recover but now he is better and has been welcomed into the home of Stacey Chapple, a member of the BDCH team. As well as being a new member of the family, Finn has a very special job as he is currently in training to be a specialist search dog.
Stacey said, "Finn is very easy going, a bit of a goofball and regularly has me in stitches. It’s hard to imagine how poorly he was when he was first brought into BDCH. He really enjoys his training, especially when a tennis ball is involved. We’re looking forward to a special first Christmas together.”
Georgina Martin, Group Marketing Director at Bob Martin, said, "We were so pleased to hear of Finn’s recovery and rehoming story. We care about the animals at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home which is why we want to keep them worm free, happy and healthy. We are proud to support BDCH by donating 3 in 1 wormers for the dogs that come in before they find their new home. It’s particularly heart-warming to hear stories like Finn’s and to see the great progress he has made."
Symptoms of a worm infestation
Only 1% of pet owners believe their dog or cat has worms, when in fact most dogs are affected by worms at some point in their life. Spotting a worm infestation in dogs can be difficult so it’s important to know the most common symptoms. These include:
- Tired, listless
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Swollen belly
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
Bob Martin recommend treating all puppies for worms and carrying out a Clear 3 in 1 worming treatment on dogs every 3-4 months as a preventative measure.