Dog Health Check
Darla was found wandering around terrified during a thunderstorm. A Good Samaritan spotted her in the brush behind their house and called the North Peace SPCA. When SPCA staff arrived to pick up the dog, they noticed she was in rough shape. Her back legs were so badly matted together that she could barely walk and she was covered in urine and feces. It’s suspected that she was a backyard breeding dog who had been so terrified by the thunder and lightning that she had fought desperately to escape from her enclosure.
Her teeth were either broken or worn down to the gum line. Darla’s gums were terribly infected that the roots of her teeth were exposed. SPCA staff believe she may have been kept in a cage or small enclosure and had been biting the bars or wires out of boredom and stress. She was booked in for an extensive dental surgery to have several damaged teeth removed and received treatment to clear the infection.
Every dog that comes in to our care immediately receives a health check just like Darla. This is both for their own health and the health of all the other animals at our shelter. Contagious disease, wounds, arthritis, dental disease, even signs of abuse can be caught during this process. This gift keeps dogs like Darla safe and healthy.