At the April clinic for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, I had the honor of changing the lives, if at least temporarily, of approximately 20 dogs and puppies.
How uncomfortable it must feel not to be able to walk flat on your feet, but tilted to one side or the other depending upon the shape of the mat between your toes. I remember the pain of my feet when I had been in high heels for too many hours, but at least I was able to take off my shoes, these poor dogs did not have that option. To be able to make these dogs comfortable again filled my heart with gladness, but at the same time brought me much sorrow because it was something that was totally preventable.
Dogs should be brushed at least weekly, and any mats found should be removed at that time. If that is too much work, then they should be taken to a groomer to get shaved down every few months. It is important that these dogs be kept indoors, especially during the winter months because they will not have hair to help maintain body warmth and will die in the cold weather.
A few of the dogs I groomed had sore mouths due to infected teeth. Just like in humans, dogs should have their teeth brushed daily (but NEVER with human toothpaste because the fluoride is poisonous to dogs). This may be asking too much for some people, so at minimum they should have their teeth checked every few weeks and if the gums are red and inflamed, if they are drooling when they normally don’t, or their eyes are weepier than normal, they need to be taken to a vet to see if they have a painful tooth or gum infection. Infections in the mouth, besides being horribly painful, can cause a dog to stop eating. It also shortens their life span because the bacteria from the infection often travels to their heart and causes heart disease.
LITTLE HUSKY BATH
I know it is for me.