This extreme makeover edition features Winston. He is a one-year-old black miniature poodle mix who weighs around nine pounds. Winston was found by Nebraska Humane Society Animal Control Officers wandering the streets on his own on October 12, 2010. When his owner did not come for him, Winston was prepared for his neuter surgery.
As matted as Winston was, the shelter’s groomer asked that he be brought for grooming while still sedated. This was done for his comfort and safety. There was not much coat to salvage on Winston. He was matted to the skin on most of his body. The most humane thing to do was to shave all matted fur from him. The clipper blade that could get between his skin and the mats was a number ten animal clipper blade. This blade leaves 1.5 mm of coat. Winston’s, body, legs, feet, ears and face were all shaved with the ten blade. Some fur on his head and tail had mats that could be combed out. Shears were used to clean up any rough edges on his ears, head, legs and feet. Winston had a lot of hair in his ear canals. This was plucked out using fingers and a pair of hemostats (medical tweezers, basically). Then, his nails were trimmed. Winston’s skin was flaky under those mats, so he was bathed in an oatmeal-based shampoo and had his ears cleaned at that time.
Another curly-coated dog that had to be shaved almost from head to toe. It is so important to keep your curly- and wavy-coated pets brushed and combed twice a week. This type of coat winds and curls around itself and mats quickly if not taken care of regularly. Winston’s new owner needs to do this, as well as keeping his ear canals plucked of hair. If bacteria cannot escape his ear canals due to all that fur, it will sit and multiply inside his ears and can cause infections. He will need a haircut once every six to eight weeks when his fur grows out. And his nails will need to be trimmed once or twice a month.
To find out if Winston is still looking for a new home (and hair stylist), visit the Nebraska Humane Society website: www.nehumanesociety.org, or come to the shelter in person at 8929 Fort Street to meet your new best friend. During October, adoption fees for dogs and puppies are half price and adult cats are “pick your price.”
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