Neglected and abandoned dog Chester is searching for that special someone to give him a much-needed break from kennel life, after spending 166 days at The Mayhew Animal Home.
Though our kennels are fabulously comfy and homely, unfortunately Chester is not enjoying the shelter environment and we desperately want to find him a forever home or a foster home in the meantime, which would make him much happier.
Four year old Great Dane and Bullmastiff cross Chester first came into The Mayhew on the 11th February 2016 after our Animal Welfare Officers found him completely emaciated and abandoned on the streets in Brent.
Our Officers brought him straight back to The Home, where our Vet Team could give him a full check up and make him feel more comfortable. At first glance it seemed like Chester was reasonably healthy medically-speaking, other than having a bit of blood in his urine and, of course, being very thin. Our Vet Team suspected that he may have eaten something which had got caught in his intestines and caused a blockage.
Unfortunately though, soon after he arrived at The Mayhew he began to develop a fever and started refusing his food. Despite being on antibiotics and receiving round-the-clock medical attention, poor Chester began to go downhill. His fever even reached above 40 degrees Celsius for several days, when a healthy dog’s temperature should not go above 38 degrees Celsius.
After taking blood tests our Vet Team discovered that Chester was actually suffering from an infection and decided to operate on him to find out what was causing it. They found that Chester had a huge infection in his prostate, which was causing peritonitis, an inflammation of the tummy that most likely would not have occurred if he had been neutered.
Our 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.”
Thankfully after receiving lots of medical attention and love from our Kennels Team, the infection cleared up and Chester managed to get back on his paws, wagging his tail and showing his friendly nature.
During his recovery, the Vet Team also found that Chester has the condition Colitis, which is a form of irritable bowel disease. The team were unsure what caused this condition, but it can be easily controlled with a special diet with bran mixed into it and The Mayhew can help his future adopter or foster carer with some costs.
Now he is fully recovered we are on a mission to get him out of kennels and find him a loving home.
Our Dog Adoption Officer, Lisa Guiney, said: “We are so glad that Chester managed to pull through and is now able to find the forever home he so deserves. This gentle giant is such a friendly boy who gets along well with everyone he meets and loves to snuggle in close for love and attention, particularly tummy tickles.”
“He’s a strong boy, but providing he gets plenty of exercise, he is a calm, obedient and well behaved dog who’d make a fantastic companion.”
Whilst he waits for his forever home, we’d also be willing to put Chester on foster if someone was able to offer him a temporary home, as he is not happy in the kennels environment. Fostering for The Mayhew is not only a fun experience, but is also extremely rewarding as you will be helping lots of dogs, not just one.
Our 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.”
“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.”
If you’d like to give Chester a forever home, please find out more about him here or give us a call on 020 8962 8000. Alternatively, if you are not able to adopt and are interested in fostering Chester or any of our other dogs, please apply here.
Every year our Animal Welfare Officers and Community Vet Clinic respond to hundreds of animals in need, please consider a donation to help them help even more animals, like Chester.
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