Goochland Animal Protection saves maggot infested dog

Goochland Animal Protection saves maggot infested dog
Mash, happy and ready to go home (Source: Goochland County Animal Protection/ Goochland Pet Lovers)

GOOCHLAND Co., Va. (WWBT) - Goochland County Animal Protection recently rescued a small dog named Mash that had wandered into a local citizens yard.

After being taken into animal protection, veterinarians noticed Mash was infested with fleas, ticks and maggots. Veterinarians say Mash was literally being eaten alive.

Mash, upon arrival at the Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.
Mash, upon arrival at the Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. (Source: Goochland County Animal Protection/ Goochland Pet Lovers)

“When Mash first entered the shelter, he clearly did not know we only wanted to help him,” stated Veterinarian Dr. Lori Elliott. “After more than two hours of de-matting and flushing out live maggots that had eaten into his skin, we gave Mash a medicated bath and started him on antibiotics, flea and tick medication and pain control. The next time he saw us, he flopped over showing us his healing belly with a tail wag and a lick.”

Since then, Mash has been adopted and is living his best life.

Mash, at home with his new adopter
Mash, at home with his new adopter (Source: Goochland County Animal Protection/ Goochland Pet Lovers)

Goochland County Animal Protection says the best method for keeping maggots off a pet is preventing them.

Keeping pets well-groomed with clean bedding helps to eliminate suitable places for flies to lay their eggs.

In addition, if a pet has an open wound, it is best to keep them inside until they are healed.

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