Miss Kitty got an extreme emergency makeover as soon as she arrived at the Nebraska Humane Society last Friday, July 22nd. The little Lhasa Apso, it seemed, was unable to walk. Due to heavy matting, Assessment staff at the shelter could perform only a partial examination of her. They were afraid she had an injury or other medical problem that was preventing her from walking. The shelter veterinarian was called to the Assessment area and ordered a complete shave-down of Miss Kitty.
Miss Kitty was brought to the shelter’s grooming room and placed on the grooming table. She was so well-behaved for her haircut that passers-by thought she may have been sedated. I like to think she knew she was finally getting help from a person who cared.
She was shaved with a number 10 animal clipper blade, which left 1/16” of coat length on her. This blade had to be used to shave her body, legs, feet, head, ears, face and 1/3 of her tail from the base. This left her with a “rough cut.” Mats were eliminated, but she still had some straggly hairs and her cut was not smooth.
After being de-matted, Miss Kitty could be evaluated for her behavior and her medical needs. She passed her behavior evaluation, which was not a surprise. She was spayed already, but it was determined that she needed dental work with extractions a likely result.
While Miss Kitty was still sedated from her dental surgery she came, once again, to the grooming room. There her coat was smoothed out and straggly hairs were trimmed with shears. Hair growing in her ear canals was plucked. She obviously was not cared for and her skin felt oily, so she was bathed with an anti-bacterial shampoo. When she was dry, she was brushed, spritzed with cologne and given a summery scarf.
Miss Kitty was surrendered by an owner who said he could no longer care for her (no kidding). She is five years old and weighs around 20 pounds. We don’t know how long she has been without one of her eyes, but she does not seem to even notice it’s missing. After all she has been through; she is a spunky, fun-loving, people-loving little gal. She is looking for a fresh start to go along with her new makeover.
You can help make Miss Kitty’s future a bright one by coming to meet her at the Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort Street.
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