A puppy that lost all her fur due to mange looks unrecognisable after she was nursed back to health – and now looks like a model.
Vet assistant Jessie DeFreitas first met scrappy little mongrel Terra when she was rescued by the RSPCA from a house in Sussex.
She soon fell in love with the pup despite her suffering from such a bad skin condition that all her fur had fallen out.
Pup Terra soon after she was rescued from a house in Sussex by the RSPCA, and was found to be suffering badly from skin condition mange
The dog has now been nursed back to health
But now, thanks to the 21-year-old’s dedication and love, little Terra looks like an Instagram model dog after being nursed back to full health.
Jessie works in vet and she was shocked when the little pup was brought in by her owners, who were not taking care of her.
Jessie works as a vet assistant and was shocked when the little pup was brought in by her owners, who were not taking care of her
The 21-year-old said: ‘Everyone at the vet knows I’m a huge animal lover. When I was told we had a new dog, I had to see her.
‘She may have had mange, but she had beautiful eyes.
‘The vet said if the dog wasn’t signed over to them, she wouldn’t have survived. She needed constant care.
‘I asked to foster the dog. My mum asked if I was sure because we already have four cats and another rescue dog at home.
‘But everyone knows I love animals. At the vets I’m constantly asking about people’s pets.’
Jessie, from Crawley, West Sussex, brought Terra back home in August.
In a short three months, the dog went from angry and biting to ‘kind and sweet’.
She said: ‘I am a massive animal lover – a massive sucker for the cute ones, especially. I fell in love with her from the beginning.
‘When we first brought her home, she was a playful biter. Her original name, Honey, didn’t fit her at all.
‘To me, Honey is sweet and she is not.
In a short three months, the dog went from angry and biting to ‘kind and sweet’
Terra fully recovered from the mange and she’s now a playful little puppy
‘My mum named her Terra with an “a” because it fit her better – she can be a little terror.’
Terra fully recovered from the mange and she’s now a playful little puppy.
Jessie said: ‘She’s recovered really well. You can see it in her eyes – she’s become happier and happier.
‘She’s amazing. She’s just the kindest and sweetest thing.’
WHAT IS MANGE?
Mange is a skin disease that affects mammals and is caused by parasitic mites that embed themselves in the skin or hair follicles.
It is characterized by severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions, although the condition depends on the type of mange.
Demodectic mange is less severe, and is caused by the overpopulation of tiny mites on the skin. It is not communicable between species.
Sarcoptic mange however it caused by a highly contagious infestation of burrowing mites which cause intense itching once in the body of the animal. Hair loss and crusting of the skin are the most common symptoms and can lead to secondary infections.
Urban foxes are one of the largest victims of the disease, which has been known to significantly reduce their populations if the disease spreads.
Dogs and cats are among the animals who can be infected by the disease which gives similar symptoms.
The disease is also communicable to humans, but cases of this are rare.
The Kennel Clubs says: ‘Usually a few anti-parasitic washes and environmental decontamination prove curative.
‘Most mite infestations affecting dogs can be diagnosed by direct identification under the microscope after skin scrapes or hair plucks
‘As with all diseases, the quicker you visit your vet and get your dog checked out, the more likely they can be dealt with efficiently and with least distress to your dog.’
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