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RSPCA Lancashire dog grooming transformation after charity gave matted Shih Tzu much-needed haircut

RSPCA Inspector Emma Dingley was called to a home in Accrington last month after a member of the public raised concerns about the welfare of Jack, a 9-year-old Shih Tzu.

When Emma visited, she discovered that Jack had terrible pigtails that had grown over his eyes, leaving him having trouble seeing.

Emma was concerned for Jack’s well-being, as sometimes getting married can cause the blood supply to be cut off. In some cases, dogs left in this condition have had to be amputated, which is why it is important that the fur is trimmed regularly.

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Then and now – Jack’s transformation after the RSPCA removed 1.5kg of matted fur from the 9-year-old Shih Tzu

She asked for the owner’s consent to take the animal to the charity’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where veterinary staff spent two and a half hours cutting the mats. When completed, the mats removed from Jack weighed 1.5 kilograms.

After his grooming, he was found to be in good health and the mats caused no further problems.

Emma said: “The transformation has been amazing. Jack looked so messy when I first saw him and he was really struggling as he couldn’t see and the mattresses restricted his movement.

“Once he had them removed he looked at what one would expect of a dog of this type – and he seemed so happy – it must have been such a relief for him to be free of the uncomfortable excess weight he was carrying.”

BEFORE – Jack’s ears before RSPCA veterinary staff spent two and a half hours cutting the pigtails

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Emma said Jack’s owner had been struggling recently but was thrilled with Jack’s transformation and looked forward to seeing him back home.

The owner, who does not want to be named, said: “He was my constant companion that I had for six years after his rescue.

“I love him very much and he snuggles up to me on the couch and sleeps deep in my bed – we’re such good friends.

AFTER – A much happier Jack after his transformation at the hands of the RSPCA

“I’ve been struggling recently and really didn’t realize his fur had gotten so bad it was causing trouble.

“I am so grateful that the RSPCA is helping me and Jack. Emma was fantastic and took Jack for further checks for me.

“I made a donation to the association because I really appreciate what they have done.”

Emma said the case highlights the importance of charities like the RSPCA, which are there to help animals and their owners when times get tough.

RSPCA Inspector Emma Dingley with Jack, 9, after his much-needed grooming at the charity’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital

She added that owners should always ask for a helping hand if needed, to prevent their pet from suffering in silence.

“Jack is a much loved boy and his owner has fallen into a difficult spot,” Emma said. “So I’m glad we were able to help the couple out – and they both seem much happier now.”