This week I’d like to you meet our sweet little Isla. She arrived at the shelter two weeks ago after we received a call from a lady who had found a scared, sick puppy wandering around a housing estate.
The lady kindly brought Isla inside while she waited for our volunteer Lisa to go pick her up.
When Lisa arrived, she found this little terrified puppy in the corner of the room, no more than 12 weeks of age. She then noticed that her hair was thinned all over her body and her back end was bald.
Lisa brought her to our vets where she was given a full health exam and she was diagnosed with sorcopdick mange. A mange mite that affects the skin and causes hair loss which can be extremely uncomfortable, it can be easily treated by bringing your dog to the vets where they will prescript the best treatment for your pet.
Isla started treatment on her visit to the vets and the mange should be totally cleared up in a month to six weeks. We see many dogs arrive at the shelter covered in mange, but with the right veterinary care, a warm dry bed, good food , clean water, time and love they all make a full recovery and go on to find new forever homes.
Once Isla arrived back at the shelter, she was placed in one of our isolation units where she could not come into contact with other dogs until her treatment was over. After a couple of days at the shelter she soon realised that not all humans were bad, and she started to wag her little stumpy tail. In fact her whole body shook with excitement when she sees a kind face.
It’s been two weeks since Isla arrived here and she has come on leaps and bounds. She’s such a happy friendly little puppy, who loves messing around with her favourite squeaky toy.
She has a lovely family home to go to when she has made a full recovery. It’s a great home for her where she will be happy and loved for the rest of her life.
Dan Donoher of Kildare Animal Foundation writes the Pet Rescue column every week in the Leinster Leader