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Helping a Rescued Dog?

We found a St. Bernard / Chow cross he was in terrible shape. We clipped him and found maggots in his fur! After bathing and shaving what else can we do to heal this adorable big boy?

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Arlene from Saskatchewan, Canada

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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 4, 20060 found this helpful

Take him to the vet. He probably has worms, and needs shots, too. They will also advise on best way to heal his skin/infection/lesions.

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July 10, 20060 found this helpful

I went through that with puppies that we rescued, needless to say they did not make it. Their insides was full of magots to, so yes take him to the vet asap!!!!

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July 10, 20060 found this helpful

I don't like shouting, but GET HIM TO THE VET ASAP, he is dying.

Jennifer
Northern Virginia

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By jerryno1 (Guest Post)
July 10, 20060 found this helpful

Arlene; I would very much like to know how the "Big Boy" comes through. Bless you for helping him.

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You are a wonderful person.

jerryno1

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July 10, 20060 found this helpful

LET HIM KNOW HE'S LOVED

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July 18, 20060 found this helpful

If you are able to bathe him, put some tea tree oil in his bath water. It doesn't cost much and it will soothe and help heal any skin infections, cuts, scrapes, etc, that he may have. Plus the hands-on treatment will bond you and let him know that he can trust you. Good luck, hope he'll be OK.

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July 18, 20060 found this helpful

Regarding tea tree oil, please read this from the ASPCA Poison Control Website:

www.aspca.org/.../PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_ask_archive...

"I work in a pet store, and a customer told me that tea tree oil, often used for flea control, can be toxic to pets. Could I get more information about this?

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Laura G.

Tea tree, or Melaleuca alternifolia oil, does have toxic potential, depending on the circumstances of exposure. Clinical effects that may occur following dermal exposure to significant amounts of tea tree oil include loss of coordination, muscle weakness, depression, and possibly even a severe drop in body temperature, collapse and liver damage. If the oil is ingested, potential effects include vomiting, diarrhea and, in some cases, seizures. If inhalation of the oil occurs, aspiration pneumonia is possible.

When it comes to flea control, we always recommend that pet owners consult with their veterinarian to get advice on the proper product to use, based on the individual pet's species, age, size and health history. Additionally, reading the label first and following the products directions exactly are key in helping to avoid any potentially problematic situation."

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Jennifer
Northern Virginia

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