Indian Street Dog Goes in Search of Veterinary Care by Herself

Our WVS teams are used going out and finding and bringing in animals in need, but in the case of little street dog Mona, she did that bit for them!

WVS staff were preparing their lunch on a regular Saturday afternoon at our Hicks ITC in Goa, India, when small, nearly hairless, street dog wandered into the kitchen looking for a free meal! 

One of the WVS staff soon recognised the dog as one that had run off into a nearby sugarcane field before she could be treated whilst out on a vaccination drive in the Assagao region of the State a couple of weeks prior.

Mona was visibly suffering from mites and a serious bout of mange along with a fungal infection on her skin. WVS vets so relieved to have her arrive at the clinic so they could treat her and return her to her territory without passing on her infection to any other dogs in the area. 

A range of antifungal shampoos had to be used in order to eradicate the fungal infection as well as several courses of injections and oral medication to treat her mange. 

Mona had arrived as a nearly hairless ill dog; within 2 weeks we were relieved to see that she was in fact the owner of a thick coat of black and brown hair. Slowly and steadily she was completely transformed into a happy and healthy dog. 

Soon she will be ready to be returned to her territory as a changed character. The locals who look out for her in her community in Goa sounded delighted at the thought of having her back in the community and have vowed to keep an eye out for her!

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