When owners took their dog to the vet, everyone was shocked at the terrible state the poor pup was in. But a caring vet assistant turned out to be the pup’s guardian angel.
By, 21 Nov 2019
Staff who work at veterinary clinics are used to seeing dogs come in that need urgent care. They may have become very ill suddenly, injured in an accident or come in as a stray.
But when little puppy Terra was brought to the vet, she was in a shocking state. Her owners hadn’t taken proper care of her and the poor dog had lost all of her hair due to a skin disease called mange which is caused by mites.
What is mange?
There are different types of mange, but it is generally a skin disease that can affect animals and is caused by mites that are able to embed themselves into the hair follicles or skin. It can cause hair loss, severe itching and the formation of lesions and scabs. In severe cases, it can lead to secondary infections.
May not survive
Terra was in desperate need of treatment and her condition was so severe that the vet had said that if the dog wasn’t signed over to their care, she simply wouldn’t survive.
Vet assistant Jessie DeFreitas, from Crawley, West Sussex, had heard that a new dog had been brought into the clinic and couldn’t wait to see her. The 21-year-old told The Metro: “Everyone at the vet knows I’m a huge animal lover. ‘When I was told we had a new dog, I had to see her.”
When Jessie saw Terra she was shocked at just how bad a state the puppy was in. But that didn’t stop her falling in love with the little pup.
“She may have had mange, but she had beautiful eyes,” she added.
Jessie was determined to do whatever she could to help Terra who needed constant care.
“I asked to foster the dog. My mum asked if I was sure because we already have four cats and another rescue dog at home. But everyone knows I love animals. At the vets, I’m constantly asking about people’s pets.”
Jessie took the dog home so she could give her the proper care she needs.
Terra the terror
But Terra wasn’t the easiest of dogs to look after. As Jessie explained: “When we first brought her home, she was a playful biter. Her original name, Honey, didn’t fit her at all. To me, Honey is sweet and she is not. My mum named her Terra with an ‘a’ because it fit her better – she can be a little terror.”
But all Jessie’s time, effort and care eventually paid off.
In just three months, little Terra has transformed from an unhappy, angry and biting dog to a kind and sweet little playful pup. Jessie said: “I am a massive animal lover, a massive sucker for the cute ones, especially. I fell in love with her from the beginning.”
Terra also made a full recovery from the mange and has a beautiful coat to be proud of and could rival any show dog.
Jessie said: “She’s recovered really well. You can see it in her eyes – she’s become happier and happier. She’s amazing. She’s just the kindest and sweetest thing.”
What a wonderful happy ending.
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