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Rescue puppy Finn to spend first Christmas at home

Bob Martin support rescue dogs by donating Clear 3 in 1 worming tablets to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Finn, a rescue puppy, will spend his first Christmas at home this year following treatment at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) which has transformed him from a young, underweight stray puppy to the healthy family dog he is today.

Nearly 5,000 dogs are cared for by BDCH every year. Many dogs that arrive have not been properly looked after and so they all receive a full health check by the vets at Battersea upon arrival.

Leading pet care company, Bob Martin, has been supporting BDCH since 2013 and as part of the partnership this year they have donated Clear 3 in 1 worming tablets to ensure that every dog is treated for worms as soon as they arrive, while they wait for a new home.

Poor Finn was extremely underweight and suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting when he was found in West London. The vets at Battersea discovered he was also passing live worms. The team were very concerned as Finn was so young and very poorly. He was quickly treated with a longer course of the worming tablets, antibiotics and was put on a special diet to help him recover.

Most puppies are born with worms as they are passed on from their mother in the womb or through feeding. Stray dogs pick up more worms if they have to scavenge for food. Worms steal all the nutrition meant for the animal and multiply very quickly, so if the dog is not treated early on, worms can become life-threatening for young puppies. Not only that, but worms can be passed onto family members and children, impacting the family’s health too.

As rescue puppy Finn was so small and weak when he arrived at Battersea, it took him a few months to fully recover with careful monitoring. Stacey Chapple welcomed Finn into her family and is also a member of the BDCH team. He has a great personality, full of life and everyone is looking forward to his first Christmas. It’s not all fun and games though - Finn has a very special job as he is currently in training to be a specialist search dog.

Stacey said, “Finn is very easy going, a bit of a goofball and regularly has me in stitches. It’s hard to imagine how poorly he was when he was first brought into BDCH. He really enjoys his training, especially when a tennis ball is involved. We’re looking forward to a special first Christmas together.”

Georgina Martin, Group Marketing Director at Bob Martin, said, “We were so pleased to hear of Finn’s recovery and rehoming story. We care about the animals at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home which is why we want to keep them worm free, happy and healthy. We are proud to support BDCH by donating 3 in 1 wormers for the dogs that come in before they find their new home. It’s particularly heart-warming to hear stories like Finn’s and to see the great progress he has made.”

Only 1% of pet owners believe their dog or cat has worms, when in fact most dogs are affected by worms at some point in their life. Spotting a worm infestation in dogs can be difficult so it’s important to know the most common symptoms. These include:

· Tired, listless

· Loss of appetite or weight loss

· Swollen belly

·Diarrhoea or vomiting

Bob Martin recommend treating all puppies for worms and carrying out a Clear 3 in 1 worming treatment on dogs every 3-4 months as a preventative measure.

Pet healthcare company, Bob Martin, donates Clear 3-in-1 wormer tablets to worm the dogs at BDCH as well as providing 83,000 litres of Felight Cat Litter. Bob Martin also enables their customers to make financial contributions through its Bob Martin Vetcare website where they have the option of rounding up their shopping to the nearest pound to go towards the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Veterinary Hospital Appeal.

Battersea’s Head Vet, Shaun Opperman said: “We’re grateful for the continued support of Bob Martin. The donation of wormers, as well as the money raised from Bob Martin’s Vetcare customers have made a real difference to our animals this year.”

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