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A nursing mom gets the help she needs

A nursing mom gets the help she needs | Operation Kindness

Penelope was doing her best to be a good mom to her nine puppies

Operation Kindness transferred Penelope and her young puppies from a rescue partner. Once Penelope arrived, our medical team discovered that she had parasites causing her an upset stomach — even as she nursed her puppies.

Parasites in dogs

Intestinal parasites like tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms are common in homeless dogs. For example, a dog gets tapeworms from ingesting a flea during grooming or licking their fur. Worms like these can cause gastrointestinal upset and discomfort. Fortunately, they are easy to treat with dewormer medication from your veterinarian.

You can prevent parasites in your dog by using heartworm preventative, as well as flea and tick preventative. Most heartworm preventative medications also include protection against hook and round worms. Keeping your dog on a regular flea prevention schedule will significantly reduce the flea population in your home environment and protect your dog from picking them up elsewhere.

Our medical team treated Penelope for the parasites. Then, we placed mom and babies in foster care where Penelope could heal and the puppies could grow.

A happy new beginning for Penelope’s family

Once Penelope was healthy, she was quickly adopted. Her puppies received vaccinations and their spay/neuter surgeries. We’re happy to share that all have been adopted by loving families and are thriving today!

If you’re interested in adding a new member to your family, browse our dogs available for adoption.