Ziggy was rescued in August 2020. His owner had no intention of looking after him, and he was in a terrible state.
After treating countless infectious wounds and his severe Mange, he has made a welcome recovery.
He is around 3 years old, and is an affectionate boy.
He actually had an owner, who was not short of money – he just didn’t care about Ziggy. One of our volunteers saw Ziggy sitting outside the house and confronted the owner.
He said that Ziggy had eaten seafood and that was why he was like he was.
Clearly he had been like that for months – getting worse and worse. Maggots were actually eating him alive. Ziggy was weak and malnourished so we kept him in quarantine for a while and treated him with vitamin B supplements to help his nervous system. He was really quite aggressive at first, we couldn’t get near him so had to sedate him to get most of the maggots out.
We gave him the usual mange treatment NexGard and in around 10 days he looked like this. We think Ziggy is quite young, around 2-3 years old so he recovered quickly. He still has recurring skin issues, probably because mange mites really affect the dogs immune system. He is also quite sensitive to touch.
Now he is really friendly. He still doesn’t like Andrew, who came in the same time as Ziggy. They get into fights from time to time. Here are a couple of video clips of Ziggy before and after his rehabilitation.
ZIGGY'S LATEST NEWS...
Ziggy has had a pretty good moth healthwise and his skin seems to be getting better. For months after we brought him in he was still sensitive to touch and he is one of the few dogs we give Nexgard to regularly.
Perhaps when a dog has such a bad case of mange as Ziggy did, their immune system takes a while to recover and they are more susceptible to skin issues.
Until this month actually, Ziggy would flinch when we touched his side and back near his tail.
Now he seems so much better.
He still does not like to be picked up or washed and we haven't tried to leash train him yet. We will aim to do that this month.
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