One kind of story that we do love is seeing the community band together to search for owners of a dog so he can be reunited with his family, this is just one of those stories here, can you help this doggie, Booka, find his home and loving family?
The animal rescue group, called the RSPCA, are desperately trying to find the family of this four-year-old doggie, he is a Shar Pei cross, his family was forced to give him up because of his expensive skin condition!
Booka had been left in a safe place, in an overnight cage, with a note attached to say that he was adored but that he needed more than love, they had to give him up as his skin condition was beyond their means to look after…
The note read: – “My name is Bockaboo …I am trained, I may be scared at first.”
“I have a genetic form of mange. It is not contractible to other animals, though the treatment is quite expensive …He is a lovely dog. We can no longer afford his treatment … Please give him a chance, he is much loved and hard to let go.”
The animal rescue group and charity wanted to pay for all of his treatment and are determined to get him back to his family again, we are so happy, what could be better!
The statement they made said this:
“RSPCA NSW is now searching for Booka’s family to give them the help they need”
“The animal welfare charity has committed to paying for all of his treatment and want him to be reunited with his family, as well as offering them the ongoing support they need.”
The RSPCA processes about 9000 pets that are given up every year, however, the animal welfare charity has community programs that help people and their pets who are finding it hard, to be able to stay together.
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said:
“It breaks our hearts to see loved family pets surrendered because they can’t afford vet care, and we understand that can be a really difficult decision to make”
“You can see the pain and confusion on a surrendered animal’s face. They don’t understand what they’ve done wrong to be alone in a cage, given up by their family. And we understand that this decision can be just as painful for the family struggling to make ends meet.”
“We have a lot of people coming to us for help, some people are fleeing domestic violence situations and need emergency transport, others are living rough on the streets and need help with vet care and food.”
“We do everything we can to help the people and animals that need us most.”
The vet at the Swan Street Vet Clinic said that the condition Booka has can be treated with various oral products…
Dr. Hill said:
“Demodectic mange is caused by a mite which occurs normally in all dogs skin and hair follicles”
“The dog’s immune system usually keeps the mite numbers in check and there are no problems. However, in some dogs, the immune system doesn’t suppress the mites and they go crazy and breed.”
“As they breed and grow in the hair follicles, they actually push out the hairs so the dog goes bald. It can sometimes be itchy and they often get secondary bacterial infections which need treating.”
“The reason for the immune system stopping suppression of the mites is understood to have a genetic basis. So dogs who have had demodectic mange should not be bred with, and also their parents should not continue to breed if they are still being bred with.”
Dr. Hill said the vet that was doing the scrape of skin diagnosed the condition looking for mites under the skin with a microscope.
She went on to explain:
“They can be difficult to find and sometimes the only way to diagnose demodectic mange is with a full thickness skin biopsy (like you’d get a mole taken out at the doctor) under sedation and local anesthetic”
“Years ago, the only way to treat mange was with horribly toxic shampoos and dips which were quite dangerous to the dog and the owner. Luckily, nowadays it is quite easy to treat with various oral products.”
“There are some flea control products that actually have a claim [to protect] against Demodex and can be used. The correct treatment needs to be determined by the vet who sees the dog.”
The really great news was that if the condition was caught early then the treatment was not too expensive at all!
“The early stages of the disease is noticing a small bald patch or two on the dog’s coat …If the dog is taken to the vet and a skin scrape is done at that time, treatment can be initiated and the mites treated.”
“If the condition is left for a long time and the dog develops secondary infections or has additional skin problems such as allergies, then skin conditions, in general, can be expensive to treat, as there’s often lots of medications that can be needed to be used and sometimes referral to specialist veterinary dermatologists.”
If you see this article and know who he belongs to then please do call the RSPCA to let them know, please SHARE and hekp the effor to find them!