The importance of regular check-ups
Gentle giant Hettie, a four-year-old mastiff crossbreed, had such advanced mange she had lost large patches of fur when she was found wandering in the village of Kingham, in Oxfordshire.
She was underweight, her muscles had wasted and she was suffering from benign tumours and a congenital eye disease which had been left untreated.
The dog warden who brought her to our Burford adoption centre said she had never seen a dog in such a bad state. Yet, despite the great pain and neglect Hettie had suffered, staff were touched by her affectionate and gentle nature.
Our Burford team provided her with the veterinary treatment she so desperately needed and Hettie was happily rehomed. Her case highlights the need for owners to provide regular check-ups for their dogs. Once conditions spiral out of control, they become much more costly to treat. Owners who cannot cope may feel they need to give up their animal - just like Hettie.
We want you and your dog to have a healthy, happy life together.
Don't forget, if you are on a low income we may be able to help you out with treatment for your dog. Take a look at our veterinary services page to find out more.