This is a story about Bobby (AKA Benji) who was brought to us by Dogs in Distress.
Bobby (AKA Benji) was brought into us by Marie at the beginning of May 2009. He was severely underweight and emaciated. His skin was pink, he was suffering from mange and he had numerous sores and scabs. He was extremely nervous and did not seem trust anyone.
We had to carry him outside to to the toilet as he wouldn't even walk on a lead with us. His appetite was ravenous and we fed him puppy food, yoghurt, cheese and chicken numerous times a day to get his immune system built up, so that he could put on weight.
We treated him with Advocate and started giving him Malaseb (anit-fungal and anti-bacterial) baths. He was nervous, but well behaved when we were bathing him. It was almost as if he knew we were helping him and we always gave him a treat after.
After a few weeks of giving him Malaseb baths, we started him on a course of Aludex baths which were used to treat his mange and kill the demodectic mange mites. Before each Aludex wash, we did a skin scraping on Bobby to see if he still had mites. After weeks of giving him the baths, his scraping results were negative.
Thankfully, he has since put on plenty of weight and his hair has grown back. He is also now not half as nervous and loves getting attention from people.
It took 4 months to get Bobby back to good health and a lot of time and hard work from everyone involved (especially Marie Hannon from Dogs in Distress). We are all delighted to see how well he is doing, and couldn't be happier that he has found a new home, even though we are all going to miss him dearly.