My 2 year old cocker spaniel sudden;y became completely lethargic. and I rushed her to the vet thinking the worst. He found a burn on the front of her neck the size of a quarter that was becoming infected. She had been groomed 5 days before and he said it was groomers burn. Now I have been through so many groomers and I don't trust any of them, can a cocker go without being clipped, and grow natural? Or will that cause other problems too. My dog is a rescue, and I've always had a monthly appt to get her clipped, but if I'm endangering her just for the sake of looks, I'll be happy to just live with a crazy looking dog. Anyone with knowledge of this subject please advise It will be most appreciated
You don't have to clipper the dog, but be prepared for lots of daily brushing. And they do look a bit on the wild side. Clippers burns are not that unusual, especially if the dog is a bit of a wiggle wart on the table. The best thing to do is keep a close eye on the dog the days following a grooming. If you see a burn, put neosporin on it daily until it heals. I have clipper burned my own dogs and had to do this. It is just one of those things that happen sometimes.
You could also ask the groomer what size blade they use under the neck, most likely it was a 15. Just ask them to use an 8 1/2 or do a 7F with a reverse cut. Then it will not be cut so close, but would avoid a clipper burn.
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I agree with windy. It's hard not to keep a cocker at least somewhat trimmed, they look very wild and wooly au naturel. But request that they use a different blade that doesn't shave as close. There's less of a chance to get a burn with a blade that leaves more hair.
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So basically change the blade size and this problem will be resolved. Otherwise expect alot of staring because she's going to look like anything but a cocker. Do you think I should discuss this now with the groomer or just wait for her next appt?
From a groomers standpoint, Clipper burns are not uncommon. Anyone who has a dog groomed should keep a close eye on any areas that are cut close. Neosporin is perfect for any area. If it is truly the neck area, and not part of the face try a longer body blade. A 5blade looks great on a cocker. A ten should only be used on the top of head, top of ears, muzzle and checks. The most important thing is the let a groomer know the dog has sensitive skin. I guantee you that if I did your dog, it would not burn if you let me know first. Dogs are like people, their skin is different. We can tell our doctors, and choose what we use on our skin, they can not. If there is any way I can help you, feel free to email me directly. email@example.com Cockers can esp. be sensitive under the neck because the hair is thin. I have had my shares of burn, but people come back and tell me. It doesn't happen again.
It happens. Recently I shaved the face of a rescue poodle. Same way I do mine. It did not do well. scratched till it was raw. I applied bag balm all week, That neospin cream is great too. If my poos get any redness at all within an hour, just applying a little lotion, any really. and its gone the next day. It happens once in awhile But that foster, Maybe it was her first time having a clean face. I shaved two of my poos face a few days later same clipper and blade, and mine were fine.. So it depends on the dog.
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Clipper burn happens when the dog is shaved close, but what happens is sometimes the groomer presses a little to hard and the skin is actually being cut. The abrasion is not really a burn. Some people are just a little heavey handed. Ask them to not use a 10 on your dog, ask them to use a 7f,backwards on areas that need to be close. Areas with loose skin, you need to be cautious with the 7F becasue the teeth are farther apart. But clipper burn is hard to do with that blade. I never use 10's anymore strictly because of this.
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