I am a cert. groomer of 10 years as well as a cert. veterinary assistant. It is true that a groomer should never leave razor burn on a dog. However, it is very weird that it happens every time. Groomers are supposed to use a #10 blade on the dogs belly / sanitary areas / arm pits and "stop" (nose & eye areas.) Razor burn is most often caused by a blade that has been allowed to get too hot and then used close to the skin. That said there are other reasons why this reaction can occur. Is your dogs area matted or tangled in any way before each grooming? because if it is, it is very likely that the groomer is not at fault at all. If the area is matted prior to grooming than the skin beneath is being pulled. Also the mats disallow oxygen to get to the skin, so when the hair is shaved the skin beneath is allowed to finally relax. But it is already irritated from the weeks if not months of twisting and also it can react from the sudden exposure to oxygen. just food for thought, also your dog may just have very sensitive skin .... it's the delayed reaction that sparked my interest as razor burn is immediate. You mite also consider that it could be a reaction from the hair simply starting to grow back, it is a common problem that humans face as well. After shaving your legs for example many women get little bumps or even wide spread rashes as a result of having sensitive skin. and small dogs tend to have allergies and sensitive skin. just thought i'd add my two cents ;)
I would find another groomer! If they tell you that grooming your pup is not an issue, that he's easy to work with, then why is he repeatedly having problems with skin rashes afterward?
My guess would be that they are rushed, like you mentioned, and not being careful enough; or just don't really know what they are doing. I asked a friend who has being grooming poodles, terriers and schnauzers for years, and she thinks it's likely that they aren't using the correct tools also.
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The dog can get the razor burn, in areas where the skin on skin rubs. I found Maggie tended to get some razor burn issue, when I was thinning out her skirts, and trimming around her genitals (she was urine incontinent, towards the end). I found rubbing baby powder where I trimmed either with scissors or with my trimmer, really seemed to minimize the razor burn.
Maggie I usually trimmed once a month (some times a little more), however I was taking my time, and also if she had enough, I quiet and gave her a break. I also don't have a professional sized clipper, the one I use has a blade small enough that it is perfect for the hair in between toes.
Everytime I get him groomed it is a challenge due to him getting these razor burns. The problem is they don't show up for a few days. They say he's very easy to groom but yet i still have this issue. Shaggy jumps right up on the table and lets them do whatever the need. Is it the groomer just being rushed that cause it? I don't know much about that.
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A "hot spot" is an area of acute moist dermatitis that is created by the dog chewing or scratching a particular area of it's body. They look terrible and all of a sudden appear. A "Hot spot" can go from a small area to a huge red foul smelling spot in just a matter of hours. The best way I have found to treat them is to clean the area thoroughly. You can wash with shampoo, rinse and dry. Or clean with Baby Wipes with lanolin and aloe. Then use a Q-tip or cotton ball to apply Tea Tree oil to the affected area. Tea Tree oil can be purchased at any Health food store. Tea tree oil will stop the dog from chewing and licking,which spreads infection. They do not like the taste. It is an anti-fungal, a disinfectant, powerful antiseptic,and it fights odor unbelievably well.
After the initial treatment make a spray bottle of Tea Tree Spray, recipe below, and spray the area several times a day with the solution.
1 cup Distilled Water 1/4 tsp. antibacterial soap 1 1/2 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
Mix all of the above and place into a spray bottle.
Clean and apply medication daily. You should see improvement by the second day and it should be healed within a week. If it is not looking better by the second day, contact your veterinarian.
My pup got razor burn from when he was shaved for surgery and I went back to the vet and got a salve for it. I don't know what it was called, but it worked great and cleared it up in a couple of days. You may want to check with your vet.
I took my dog to the groomer a couple of weeks ago and I noticed the other day he has a red spot on his inner back leg. Does anyone know what I can put on it to help it heal? It almost looks like a hot spot.
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