This summer has been tough for community pets. We have seen numerous cases involving flea and tick infestations, several resulting in flea dermatitis and secondary skin infections. This condition is uncomfortable for the pets, and the families are pained as they watch their pets suffer from the itching and scratching. Luckily, it’s an easy fix, but it does require supplies and at times veterinary care.

For example, meet Grayson and Bella. Their mom flagged us over while we were in the community and asked if we knew how to help. She couldn’t afford flea preventative or other supplies to fight the infestation in her home. After looking at poor Grayson and Bella’s skin, we knew we had to do something. We called our partner veterinarian and made an appointment right then and there.

Grayson and Bella had secondary skin infections requiring antibiotics. We provided capstar to kill the fleas on their bodies, and set their mom up with three months of flea preventative to continue treatment. We visited the dogs a week later, and they were already looking healthier. We can’t wait to see them after a few months of treatment!

But that’s not all. Bella is already fixed, but Grayson will be neutered and receive vaccinations and a microchip through our Spay/Neuter Program once his skin improves! We are so happy their mom flagged us down that day in the community. With a little bit of help and a few resources, we were able to significantly improve the living situation for not only Grayson and Bella, but also their mom who loves them dearly.

This story was made possible thanks to donated flea/tick preventative, our veterinary partner Hillside Animal Hospital, and financial support from Banfield Foundation and supporters like you!