Vet Diary - No flies on THIS lurcher!
Here at Stray Aid, we often despair about the state of the dogs brought in to us. And it is not uncommon to see lurchers who are in a dreadful state. However, we never get hardened to the harsh reality of the neglect they have suffered in their past lives.
When the dog (pictured below) was brought to the site, our veterinary team was asked to examine it straight away:
For your information, he weighed just under 15kg, at least 7kg (a stone) underweight. What really upset us was his pressure sores:
The most distressing thing about this poor lad, is that flies had actually laid eggs in the deepest wound on his stifle. In another day or so, when these eggs hatched, he would have been crawling with maggots.This poor dog was so thin, he had no muscle or fat to protect his joints when he laid down. He must have been lying on a hard surface, with little or no bedding, for many weeks or even months. As he laid down and stood up, the bones of his stifles (knees) and hocks (heels) rubbed on the hard floor. He must have turned from one side to the other, as both sides had deep painful wounds.
We cannot stress strongly enough:
If you make the conscious decision to have a dog (or any living creature), you have a responsibility to that animal.
Please ensure it has enough to eat and drink, and has a comfortable bed to lie on, and gets plenty of exercise. Please check your dog regularly, and if you see any wounds, please try to find out how the animal has become injured, take steps to prevent further injury, and seek advice on appropriate treatment for your pet.
If you decide to take a dog in, there is both a legal and a moral obligation on you to ensure its needs are met, allowing it to live a happy and comfortable life.
If you would like to help support the work Stray Care vets do every day at Stray Aid’s dedicated Animal Welfare centre, please visit the “Support Us” page on the website.