At Dogs Trust we understand that being homeless or in housing crisis is extremely hard. It’s often impossible for homeless people to afford even basic veterinary care for their dogs. That’s why our Dogs Trust Hope Project Veterinary Scheme is so important.
The Hope Project Veterinary Scheme provides free preventative treatments (vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, microchipping and neutering) as well as any additional necessary veterinary treatments that the dog may need.
It’s vital that dog-friendly hostels ensure that their residents understand the importance of preventative veterinary treatments:
Vaccinations - Vaccinations are essential to protect dogs against a range of diseases. Many dogs die unnecessarily from illnesses that can be easily prevented. A standard course of vaccinations prevents against six main diseases, including parvovirus and leptospirosis which are two of the most serious diseases that dogs can contract.
It’s particularly important to vaccinate dogs living in hostels as some of the most serious canine diseases are highly contagious and can spread quickly from one dog to another.
Flea Treatments - Most dogs will get fleas at some point in their lives. To prevent fleas, dogs should be given a flea treatment once a month. This is particularly important during spring and summer which is the flea season.
Fleas can easily jump from one dog to another so it’s important that all dogs in the hostel receive regular flea treatments.
Worming Treatments - Worms are a common problem for dogs and can cause very serious illness in puppies. Some worms that live in the lungs or major blood vessels can even be fatal to adult dogs.
Dog should be treated for worms regularly, at least twice a year for adult dogs and every two to four weeks for puppies.