holy mother... appearances are not everything..
I started grooming this dog yesterday morning to get her ready for her vet appointment and go to her new home... didnt bath her the first day with all matts .. they will tighten up when dry..
She had a freaking WIRE wrapped in the matts on her back leg...oh ya I got pictures! it had come loose apparently and connected to the matts on her opposite back leg..
one end was VERY attached... I felt really bad I did not start working on her coat the first day! Her topline coat is pretty nice .. omg her feet and legs ..
I found all kinds of interesting things in these matts.. but she didnt have open areas under them thank god.
Got the wire off and many of the matts off.. they were down to the skin so we scissored.. I was afraid the 10 blade on the clipper was going to suck the skin right up in it so I couldnt use that.. its the smallest blade I have
So I took her over to my g/f Wendy who grooms for the shelter, she ended up having to use a 20 and 40 blade on her in some spots... she got some naked feets now.
The huge matt of hair on the back of her ear turned out to be a giant granuloma inside the matt that was full of infection...so, we shaved it and of course it opened up.. HUGE HOLE in the back of her ear/head but its drained.. we went to the vet early and he treated and did his thing... the poor girl! she had a very good attitude for all the mess ...she had her feet pads shaved.. my god its a wonder she could walk.. we were afraid her pads would crumble but they looked pretty good after the hair matts were removed. got her hoo hoo and tummy shaved.. most of the mess on legs off.. she is about half done.. I'm glad I stopped with scissors and left the matts hanging on her ear flaps! there were moles and growths under them we found.
So, Shea the cocker spent the night in her new home, happy camper now..
Wendy was funny.. she said " Jenny, next someone tells you Frontline Plus does not work show them the picture of all the dead fleas we got off this dog in the bathtub! "
I took pictures of her ear and all the stuff I found in her matts.. took picture of the rusted wire in her legs before I took it off...
Next time we ever take a hairy dog I will be TOTALLY checking that dog over with my hands and not just my eyes.. right away... whats bad too is she spent a day and a half with the lady who took her out of the trailer..
she did not examine her either! I feel horrible but its valuable learning for me. I felt like a huge dork! It sure won't happen again, tho.
The people that had this dog are trouble
I got their names and found out the man is a convicted pedophile from Syracuse.. I hope the judge will order they do not own any more animals when its all done.
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