Itchy, sore and almost completely bald, five-year-old Elsa was in a desperate state by the time she arrived at our Suffolk rehoming centre in August.
The shih tzu, who had just had her second litter of puppies, was quickly assessed by a vet and found to be suffering from a painful condition called sarcoptic mange.
Claire Williamson, Centre Manager at Suffolk, said: “We were shocked when Elsa arrived in our care. Her condition was so severe that she had almost no fur left on her body. Not only was her skin very sore, cracked and bleeding in places, but it was clear she was very irritated by the condition.”
If left untreated, sarcoptic mange can cause dogs to lose all their fur. The condition can be incredibly uncomfortable, meaning poor Elsa must have really been suffering.
She was immediately put on daily antibiotics and her condition managed with steroids and medicated baths. With such special care needed to get her skin under control, the team decided that Elsa really needed a foster home where she could continue her treatment.
Susie Winship, Animal Welfare Officer at Suffolk, stepped up to the mark. She said: “Her skin was red raw, bleeding, oozing, crusty, covered in fat, live fleas. She was a mess."