Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue takes in over a hundred dogs each year. Some come in healthy and well-cared for, but most do not. Too often, they are underweight, heartworm positive, tick or flea infested, scared, dirty, and matted. Recently, a dog came into CGPR in such poor condition that it has prompted us to share his story as a reminder about proper grooming, especially for dogs that live outside in this hot, humid wet weather.
Before coming into rescue, this young male, named Champ, had been chained out in a yard with no shade. He had been well-fed but not groomed. His collar was embedded in his neck and, at first glance, he only appeared to be very dirty and matted. He had very large mats covering all of his body. When cut out, the one under his neck weighed a whopping two pounds. As we started to cut away the mats, we realized that he was going to require immediate veterinary attention. Underneath these mats were large, open sores infested with maggots. Yes, maggots.
Though they may make your skin crawl, the vets said that the maggots kept the wounds clean. This Pyr required three days of IV fluids, antibiotics, and wound care before he could come back to rescue. Half of his body has been shaved to clean his wounds; the rest remains dirty as he still cannot be bathed.
We wanted to share his story to remind all Pyr lovers of the importance of good grooming, especially for outdoor dogs. This dog was left outside with no shade/shelter from the weather. With no grooming, his coat became matted and held in all of the moisture, which caused the sores. While he is receiving medication and the proper care, there are likely others out there that are not. Please remember the importance of grooming your dog, whether they are a Pyrenees or not. When you see a dog suffering like this, consider being its advocate. If possible, speak to the owner. If not, call animal control so that they can ensure the dog is receiving the care required by local regulations and not being treated cruelly.