TLC For Polly

Published: October 30th, 2021

TLC For Polly

Published: October 30th, 2021

THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE AUTUMN/winter 2021 EDITION OF OUR PETS & VETS MAGAZINE

Polly is a 4-year-old Shih Tzu who arrived at Stray Aid in a neglected state. Despite being microchipped, no one came to collect Polly. She hadn’t been clipped or groomed for quite some time and her fur was matted around her eyes, in her armpits and on her lower back.

Her claws were overgrown and the dew-claws on her hind feet had painfully grown into her pads. The punctures in her pads were bleeding and infected. The pain must have felt as though her toes were being stabbed. Once Polly was under general anaesthetic, we clipped the matted fur from her and discovered a sore patch of skin on the back of her neck.

As you can see, the skin was very red and thickened. To enable the affected area to be treated, the fur was clipped away, the skin was cleaned with an antibacterial solution and some cream was prescribed to treat any infection, reduce the thickening and relieve the itching and discomfort. This patch of sore skin could have been as a result of an insect bite or sting, or from the dirty, matted fur close to her skin.

Polly’s ingrown claws were trimmed back, the puncture wounds cleaned and a course of antibiotic tablets was given to treat the infection in her pads.

In addition to the above treatments, Polly was spayed, treated for internal and external parasites, vaccinated, and had a loose tooth extracted. After giving Polly a spruce-up and her medication, we are happy to say that after only 9 days the sore patch of skin was back to normal and the wounds in her pads had healed.

Breeds such as Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Westies and Bichon Frises need to be clipped regularly, in addition to daily brushing of their coats, to prevent the fur from getting tangled and matted. It is also important to check and trim your dog’s claws, especially the dew-claws, since they are not worn down when walking.

Not only does daily grooming keep your dog comfortable, it is great for bonding with your pet, and allows you to feel and check for any skin complaints or unusual swellings on your dog’s body, any wounds sustained whilst exercising, if the eyes and ears are free from any discharge or soreness, and if your dog’s teeth and gums are healthy.

This is Polly looking much happier and ready for her new life with her new family.

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