It’s been 168 days since loveable Chester, a 4-year-old Great Dane and Bull Mastiff Cross was picked up emaciated and neglected from the streets of Brent by Animal Welfare Officers from The Mayhew Animal Home.
Chester was taken to The Mayhew Animal Home to be treated by their in-house veterinary team and at first glance it didn’t seem there was anything too serious to deal with apart from his obvious malnutrition. However, shortly after his arrival, he began to develop a fever and started refusing his food – his fever even reached above 40 degrees Celsius for several days despite receiving round-the-clock medical attention. And just in case you didn’t know, a dog’s temperature should never go over 40 degrees Celsius.
The Mayhew’s Vet Team soon discovered that Chester was suffering from an infection and that they would need to operate to find the cause. This turned out to be a huge infection in his prostrate, which was causing peritonitis, an inflammation of the stomach. As if this poor boy hadn’t suffered enough already and the sad fact is this could probably have been avoided if he had been neutered.
Head Vet Dr. Ursula Goetz MRCVS, GP Cert(SAS) CVO said: “Poor Chester was in a bad way – all of his insides were inflamed and filled with puss due to the infection. We cleaned everything out straight away and also took samples to be sent for testing. We were really happy when his results came back normal and showed that he was not suffering from cancer, which was a major concern. We were worried that we might have to operate and clear out the infection again, but luckily it seems to have completely cleared up.”
With lots of love and TLC from The Mayhew Team, we were happy to hear that it wasn’t long before Chester was getting back on his paws and making a recovery.
But his story doesn’t end there. During his recovery, the Vet Team discovered that Chester had colitis (a form of Irritable Bowel Disease) but there was some good news…this can be easily controlled with a special diet with Bran mixed into it. And if you’re thinking of adopting or fostering Chester, The Mayhew can help with the costs for this.
Now Chester is no longer that skinny emaciated and neglected dog that came to The Mayhew 168 days ago; thanks to the love and care from The Mayhew team, he has made an incredible turnaround into a loving gentle giant who loves a tummy rub and a cuddle.
Despite enjoying his new lease of life, sadly Chester is not enjoying being in a kennel environment, so The Mayhew are appealing not only for anyone interested in adopting, but also anyone interested in offering Chester a temporary foster home. The Mayhew’s Dog Foster Coordinator, Janet Nobbs, said: “We urgently need more foster carers to help look after our dogs and would love to find someone suitable to foster Chester until we can find him a forever home.”
We bet Chester would love it too!
“Chester is such a loving and gentle dog, and we’d ideally like to find someone to foster him who’s experienced with bigger dogs and is able to be around for most of the day. Being a Great Dane cross, Chester is a strong boy, so his foster carer would need to be equally as strong and able to give him at least one hour off lead exercise each day. He would also need to be the only dog in the home and live with people aged 16 years and older.”
“Fostering a Mayhew dog is perfect for people who can’t have their own dogs. We will provide food, bedding, toys and all the other equipment needed for the dog.”
Could you be the one to give Chester that next helping paw he needs?
Chester’s video story…
To find out more about adopting or fostering Chester, then please visit www.themayhew.org or call 020 8962 8000.
Photo and Video credits: The Mayhew Animal Home
More about The Mayhew…
London’s The Mayhew Animal Home, established in 1886 rescues thousands of cats and dogs from a life of cruelty and neglect. www.themayhew.org
The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers rescue neglected, abused and abandoned animals and work with communities to prevent issues arising in the first place. They also deliver a range of educational projects to tackle irresponsible ownership and provide support to pet owners in difficulty. The Mayhew also has a vet clinic on site which offers affordable preventative veterinary treatments, including neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and dental care.
In 2015, The Mayhew:
- Rehomed 542 cats and dogs
- Neutered 2062 animals
- Microchipped 1243 animals
- Reunited 63 lost dogs with their owners
- Helped 1327 animals in the community