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Finn's Story

How a poorly pup made his recovery in time for Christmas

Nearly 5,000 dogs are cared for by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home every year. Many dogs that arrive into the world-known rescue centre have not been given proper care, and so all receive a full health check by Battersea Vets upon arrival. One such pup is little Finn, an English Springer Spaniel puppy, who was just five weeks old when he was rescued.

Finn was extremely underweight and suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting when he was found in West London. The vets at Battersea discovered that he was 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 put on a special diet to help him recover.

It is very common for puppies to be born with worms – they’re passed on from their mother in the womb or through feeding. The likelihood is significantly increased 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.

Despite this, 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. 

Worming Symptoms include:

  • Tired, listless

  • Loss of appetite or weight loss

  • Swollen belly

  • Diarrhoea or vomiting

Here at Bob Martin, we’ve been proud supporters of BDCH since 2013 and, as part of this commitment, we donate Clear 3 in 1 worming tablets to ensure that every dog is treated as soon as they arrive. While this is mostly routine, in some cases - like Finn’s - this treatment can be lifesaving.

Finn was monitored carefully and it took him a few months to fully recover as he was so small and weak when he arrived.  Once he did, he found a new home with Stacey Chapple, a member of the Battersea team, who has welcomed Finn into her family.  He is now full of life, has a great personality and is looking forward to his first Christmas. But it’s not just fun and games – Finn’s on his way to becoming a specialist search dog too, undergoing training to put his amazing sense of smell to good use! 

According to Stacey, Finn’s a bit of a goofball:

“He’s very easy going and regularly has me in stitches of laughter. It’s hard to imagine how poorly he was when he was first brought into Battersea. He really enjoys his training, especially when a tennis ball is involved.”

They’re looking forward to a special first Christmas together.
Thankfully, because of the careful care of the Battersea team and the donation of our wormers, this holiday story has a very happy ending.