A neglected sheepdog whose fur was matted up has a bold new look after vets removed 1.8 kilos of hair.
It took three people two hours to clip two-year-old Arlo from head to toe, removing 1.8 kilograms of hair.
Arlo’s fur was so long and matted it covered his eyes and he would regularly walk into walls and doors.
The knots were so bad that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home had no choice but to clip all of his hair off.
Battersea rehoming and welfare manager Rebecca Lodder said: “We wouldn’t normally clip a dog with such long hair but as Arlo was in such discomfort, we felt that this was best for his welfare.
“Dogs with long hair require a lot of grooming and attention. This not only helps to keep them looking smart, but grooming is also vital for their physical health and wellbeing, too.”
Arlo’s mats were severe and would pull at his skin leaving him uncomfortable and anxious when he was being handled.
He is now having positive training to help show him that grooming and handling can be an enjoyable experience.
He can also see clearly now the fur is out of his eyes and is ready to find a new home.
Ms Lodder said: “Arlo seems to have grown in confidence since having a haircut, too. He can see properly and is so much more comfortable with handling.
“He’s had a real ‘glow-up’ and now loves nothing more than running around and playing with his friends.
“Arlo’s coat will eventually grow back, so he is looking for new owners who will help to keep him looking like the suave, well-groomed boy that he has become.
“Arlo’s new owners will need to show him that it’s fun to be pampered and introduce him to grooming at a pace that suits him.”
Arlo arrived at Battersea when his owners were no longer able to look after him after they had to move into accomodation that didn’t allow pets.