An abused dog was so badly neglected that the vets treating him ended up in tears. William, a two-year-old bulldog, was left with such overgrown nails that they were piercing the skin in his paws, while he was red raw in places and had lost almost all of his fur. Fortunately, thanks to the vets taking care of him, he is now on the road to recovery and should be ready for a new life in six months. William is a prime example of a so-called ‘designer’ dog, which has been taken on by someone completely incapable of dealing with their particular needs. Bulldogs, like many pure breed dogs, is prone to skin conditions and requires a specific diet and cleaning regime. They can also suffer from brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, which causes severe breathing problems. Bulldogs, like most pure breeds, require specialist care
William had lost most of his fur as a result of the neglect
William was rescued by volunteers from Linbee Dog Rehoming in Offutt, near Wakefield, in Yorkshire. Linda Whittaker, founder of Linbee, said his condition was among the worst she had ever encountered. Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box ‘It had been going on for months and months,’ she said. ‘He has holes in his feet from where his nails carried on growing and twirled around into his skin. ‘The receptionist at the vets cried when we took him in. It is going to be a slow process for William but he is safe now. ‘We have to get on top of his skin first as he has demodectic mange. Then we need to treat his cherry eye and he’s going to need to be neutered. He might need entropion surgery.’ William’s nails were so overgrown they were cutting holes into his paws
Bulldogs can also suffer from breathing problems
Entropion is a deformity of the eyelids where they turn inwards, resulting in the eyelashes rubbing on the eye and causing irritation. Why won’t banks sign up to Women in Finance charter to promote gender diversity?
William is now being treated with antibiotics and has also been given anti-inflammatory medication. He is also having fortnightly baths for his mange, to improve his skin texture, and is also being given bravecto medicine. Despite his horrific ordeal, William still has a ‘cheeky, beautiful nature’, and when he is rehabilitated he will be ready for adoption into a loving home. William still has a ‘beautiful nature’, despite everything he’s been through
William also suffers from mange, a severe skin condition
‘It is one of the worst situations we have come across at Linbee and I wanted to highlight what we do,’ Linda added. Britain blames Russia for cyber attack that spread across Europe ‘These breeds need to be cared for. He couldn’t even walk but his character is now coming out and he is a typical cheeky bulldog. He has a beautiful nature. ‘I’m shocked by his temperament because despite everything he has been through he shows no malice. ‘I am going to follow his recovery through right the way until he’s ready to be rehomed and it could take more than six months.’