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Rescued Puppy Seeks Forever Home After Brave Battle with Lungworm

05 August 2016

UK - Honey, the loveable rescued Dogue De Bordeaux cross puppy from Braintree, is searching for her forever home after a very difficult year.

Honey became paralysed from the neck down as a result of the potentially-fatal lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus vasorum), but through months of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and round-the-clock care from two veterinary nurses at Millennium Veterinary Practice, Steph Gowers and Hannah Bourn, Honey has come on leaps and bounds. Although still wobbly on her back legs, she is able to move around independently and ready to find the permanent home she deserves.

Dogs can become infected with lungworm after eating common garden slugs and snails, or potentially even after swallowing the slime of an infected slug. Once inside the dog’s system, the parasite travels through the body eventually ending up in the heart. If the infection is left untreated, the dog’s health can rapidly deteriorate, and can even result in death.

Steph Gowers, veterinary nurse at Millennium Vets in Braintree, comments: “My colleague Hannah Bourn and I have become very attached to Honey since she arrived at the practice in April 2015. She’s such a lovely dog and has done amazingly well since she arrived here. She is loved by all the staff at the practice, but she really deserves a loving permanent home. She is still very wobbly when she walks and requires a lot of encouragement, but she now has a level of independence that we are very pleased with and we feel she is now ready to be rehomed by the right person.”

The ‘Be Lungworm Aware’ campaign, led by Bayer Animal Health, which aims to raise awareness of the parasite, is supporting Honey’s search for a forever home by providing treatment and food until her new owner is found. Bayer Animal Health, will also pay the physiotherapy costs for the first year after Honey‘s adoption to assist the new owners with her further recovery.

Steph Gowers continued: “Honey will need ongoing monthly administered parasitic treatment to prevent her from contracting lungworm again, and potentially ongoing physiotherapy for her hind legs. This sponsorship from Bayer now means that a loving home can be found more easily.”

Hannah Bourn, veterinary nurse at the Millennium Vets in Braintree, said: “Honey would make a loving new addition to a family who can dedicate their time to her specific needs, but with her amazing character, she is definitely worth the effort. Honey is extremely brave, loveable and strong willed with a cheeky personality to match and we have all become very attached to her. She is a good natured dog and loves being around children. Her favourite pastime is running in the park with her dog pals who in turn encourage her to exercise her legs.”

Caroline Braidwood, Marketing Manager at Bayer, adds: “A lungworm infection can cause major health problems in a dog, as we have seen with Honey, and in some cases may even be fatal. Sadly, we are seeing more and more cases reported across the country. Early detection and treatment can result in a full recovery, however, it is important to remember lungworm can be prevented through use of a monthly administered treatment. Quarterly worming will not prevent this parasite and not all products will protect against it – so check the label for Angiostrongylus vasorum. We really hope Honey finds her forever home soon and begins a happy life with a new family.”

If you or someone you know is interested in potentially rehoming Honey or would like to know more about her story, the practice would love to hear from you.

Please contact Millennium Vets on 01376 325511 or via email

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