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Stray Dog With Severe Scabies and Dermatitis

At 8pm on November 16th, 2018, I stumbled upon a skinny and sickly dog wandering around on Bo De dike, at the foot of Chuong Duong bridge. The dog had sores, peeling […]


At 8pm on November 16th, 2018, I stumbled upon a skinny and sickly dog wandering around on Bo De dike, at the foot of Chuong Duong bridge. The dog had sores, peeling skin and hair, and was bleeding in many places. Despite feeling pity for the dog, I hesitated to help because I had never cared for a pet before. I was afraid that I would not be able to provide proper care and save the dog. However, after considering the situation, I decided to go back and find the dog. Sadly, I couldn’t find it there anymore.

On my way back from Bo De – Chuong Duong dike at 9:30 pm, I saw the same dog rummaging through the trash, searching for food. There was nobody around, and the house lights were off. At that moment, I was certain that the dog was abandoned by its owner and had been wandering around for a long time. Without hesitation, I approached the dog and tried to take it home with me. However, the dog was afraid of strangers and took almost half an hour to coax into the car.

My sister’s house was quite far away from where we found the dog. On our way, the dog escaped once and took us almost an hour to catch it again. We took the dog to a veterinary clinic near my sister’s house for a medical examination. It was diagnosed with severe scabies and dermatitis. Although this was a skin disease, it required immediate treatment to save the dog’s life.

We decided to leave the dog at the clinic overnight to monitor its condition. The next morning, I returned to pick up the dog for treatment and care at home. After over five months of nourishment and medical treatment, the dog completely recovered from its illness and showed no sequelae. It was back to being a happy and healthy dog.

The recovery of this dog has taught me many things. Firstly, we should never leave pets because of a skin disease that can be cured. Scabies is a skin disease that, if treated properly, can be cured. Secondly, it’s never too late to show compassion to animals in need. Despite my initial hesitance, I am glad that I decided to help the dog. It’s a reminder that we should never turn a blind eye to those in need, whether it be humans or animals.

Lastly, taking care of a pet is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time, patience, and resources. However, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. The bond between a pet and its owner is truly special and cannot be replicated by anything else.

In conclusion, saving the life of this stray dog has been a life-changing experience for me. It has taught me about the importance of showing compassion and empathy towards all living creatures. It has also shown me that despite the challenges, taking care of a pet can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life.