Brownie – A short term resident for some R&R

By Kaytie Grant

Brownie – A short term resident for some R&R

During our Treatment Centre clinics, animals often receive one-off care such as administering vitamins or routine vaccinations. Some however, require ongoing care. This can be done on an outpatient basis, where the animal attends each clinic, until he or she is better. However, on occasion, this isn’t enough. In instances like this, the animal remains at IWCT as an in-patient. This way, the ailment can be monitored more closely and treated more effectively.

When it gets too much

This was the case for Brownie, an adult, unneutered male dog who was underweight and suffering from Mange. His owner brought him to the clinic not knowing how to treat the condition. It was felt that Brownie would recover faster if he remained at the Treatment Centre. He received several baths with medicinal shampoo to treat the Mange, as well as antibiotics. When he gained strength and weight, he was neutered. In some male unneutered dogs, testosterone can increase metabolism. This could be why Brownie was on the lean side. Now he has been neutered, he is likely to keep weight on more easily. 

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Ready to return home

Brownie’s owner has also been informed about how to keep his dog in good health. He has been given food suitable for the dog’s size and age. He has been told of the importance of supervised exercise and walking on a lead. Now that Brownie has been neutered, he won’t have the urge to roam in search of a mate. He is also less likely to come into contact with another dog with Mange, if he’s only out on a lead or in an enclosed area with other healthy dogs. 

How IWCT help dogs like Brownie

IWCT offer FREE Mange treatment to those who can’t afford it. It is one small part of the work we do to improve the quality of life of the dogs of the Philippines. There are many other pieces to the puzzle however. These include education seminars, rabies vaccinations, the 5 in 1 vaccine (which prevents deadly diseases such as Parvo and Distemper) and rescuing stray dogs. Controlling the dog population through our spay and neuter programme remains our biggest campaign. If there are fewer dogs on the street there will be fewer cases of Mange and other infections and diseases. You can help towards our campaign by making a donation here. You really will be helping to make a difference to the dogs of the Philippines. Thank you.

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