On 12 July 2012, a young dog was callously thrown away like a piece of garbage, tied up in a black refuse bag and dumped in a bin in a park and left for dead. She lay helpless and freezing throughout the mid-winter night, until early the next morning when a caring member of the local community, walking his dog in the park, noticed movement in the refuse bag. He opened it and discovered the dog, barely alive, and rushed her to the Outpatients Clinic at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH).
“SHENZI” A TAIL WITH A HAPPY ENDING

On 12 July 2012, a young dog was callously thrown away like a piece of garbage, tied up in a black refuse bag and dumped in a bin in a park and left for dead. She lay helpless and freezing throughout the mid-winter night, until early the next morning when a caring member of the local community, walking his dog in the park, noticed movement in the refuse bag. He opened it and discovered the dog, barely alive, and rushed her to the Outpatients Clinic at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH). 

 

Hypothermic on arrival, Shenzi (as she was subsequently named) was initially so weak and emaciated that she could not stand on her own, needing help to be carried around.  She also suffered from severe demodectic mange and verminosis. In spite of her very poor condition, personnel at the Outpatients Clinic felt that as Shenzi survived a freezing night in a refuse bag, she deserved at the very least, a chance at a better life than the one she had endured up to then. So she was admitted as a Streetcase and treatment began.

 

Shenzi weighed only 6.6kg on her arrival, yet although weak and sick, she had a tremendously strong will to live and a gentle, grateful nature which touched the hearts of all those helping her. She was initially treated daily with Ivermectin, dipped regularly with Ectodex and was fed on Royal Canin Recovery tinned and Royal Canin Medium puppy food (Royal Canin Medium Puppy is standard hospital fare as Royal Canin South Africa sponsors OVAH dog and cat patient food at present).

 

An e-mail account of Shenzi’s story with photographs taken the day after her arrival came to the attention of Michelle Christie, Corporate Affairs Manager at Royal Canin, who shared the story with her colleague and veterinarian, Dr Louis Boag. They discussed sponsoring a specific diet for Shenzi and Dr Boag wasted no time in contacting OVAH and offering to sponsor the Royal Canin Skin Support diet for Shenzi (the first bag was delivered the following day).

 

Just five weeks later, Shenzi was a different dog! Veterinary treatment and TLC had worked wonders and she weighed a far healthier 10.2kg, nearly double her arrival weight! Her hair had already regrown in many places. Today, she is still lean and her coat has yet to reach its full glory, but her health is undeniable, her eyes sparkle and she bounds around playfully! Many people helped to treat and care for her, and many have come to love her for her brave, cheerful spirit and friendly wagging tail. A tail with a happy ending indeed!

 

Christie says, “Cases like Shenzi’s that come to our attention highlight the importance of OVAH in the struggle against animal abuse. Each case that is brought to them is treated with absolute urgency and the life of the animal is of paramount importance.The work done tirelessly by all at OVAH is often unnoticed but so essential to the lives of so many animals. We are proud to be a small part of this incredible team.” 

 

Royal Canin’s Skin Support is a complete dietetic feed for dogs intended to support the skin function in the case of dermatitis and excessive hair loss. It has also been used successfully in cases of burn wounds.  Veterinarians prescribe this health nutrition in cases of:

 

- Atopic dermatitis

- Ichthyosis

- Dermal function maintenance

- Pyodermatitis

- Flea bite allergic dermatosis

- Healing

- External Otitis

 

Royal Canin Skin Support is formulated for the specific treatment of dermatological diseases and provides the right blend of nutrients targeting specifc areas of the skin and digestive systems:

 

- Skin Support. A patented complex of nutrients (turmeric, aloe vera, Vitamin C and taurine) help support the skin’s natural defences and the healing process.

- EPA/DHA. Essential fatty acids help modulate skin reactions

- Skin Barrier. A patented complex help support the barrier function of the skin and decrease trans-epidermal water loss.

- Antioxidant Complex. A patented complex of antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress and neutralise free radicals.

 

Royal Canin’s Skin Support has proven to be very effective in the healing process in dogs suffering from dermatological problems.

 

For more information on Royal Canin Canine and Feline Health Nutrition,
contact on 0860 63 00 63, email info@royal-canin.co.za or visit www.royalcanin.co.za.

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