Haircuts are an essential element of grooming, which allows you to maintain the desired appearance for representatives of different breeds. It also ensures the pet’s normal state of health, as mats and tangled hair can become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, or parasitic insects. But often this process causes certain problems, the most common of which are irritation and itching in the dog after shearing.
Many dog owners accuse groomers of the fact that problems in the animal begin due to the low competence of a specialist or failure to comply with all hygiene rules during the procedure. In fact, there can be many causes of irritation and itching after a haircut, and to know which of them caused such consequences and to prevent it in the future, it is necessary to understand this issue in more detail.
How does it manifest
It’s easy enough to notice that the animal is bothering something after shearing. Reactions depend on how much the dog is itchy and irritated, and on the temperament of the pet.
Most often, the first signs are changes in the dog’s behavior:
- active combing and licking of sore spots;
- the pet becomes annoyed, moody;
- the animal may try to retire or, conversely, actively seeks support and comfort from the owner;
- aggression often appears, the dog is sharply opposed when it is stroked or simply touched;
- appetite is reduced;
- there is no desire to go for walks;
- the animal rides or rides on the priest to relieve discomfort in the groin and tail area.
But there are pets who do not seem to show concern. Moreover, they can detect external manifestations, sometimes of very high intensity.
Most often, after grooming, the manifestations on the skin are as follows:
- redness of any size;
- small scabs;
After intensive combing on irritated places, wounds may occur that will become inflamed even more and bleed. Most often, foci of irritation after cutting are localized on the neck, on the ears, in the groin and in the tail area.
The behavior may vary depending on whether the pet is able to reach the affected area or not. When the foci of inflammation are out of reach, the dog often begins to whine. If she is able to reach them, she constantly licks or scratches these areas with her paws.
Such reactions do not always occur on the same day, sometimes they can occur only on the second or third day.
Irritation or itching after cutting can occur for various reasons. Some of them are physiological, but there are other factors. For example, a lot of stress that some animals experience during haircuts. Someone is afraid of a buzzing machine, and some react poorly to a stranger, and the grooming procedure becomes very frightening for them. From a strong nervous strain, after a few hours, rashes can appear on the skin, which cause significant discomfort.
In addition, for a pet, a new hairstyle can be simply unusual, such a short coat causes a constant desire to itch, which leads to negative consequences.
The remaining causes can be determined as follows:
- Hygiene products used during grooming. Haircuts are never performed separately, with the right approach, a whole range of measures should be taken alternately, including washing, drying, cleaning the ears, cutting claws, etc. During these manipulations, various means and solutions are used, the components of which can cause allergies. An increased risk is present when the pet is sent to a new master with a previously untested set of hygiene products and haircut technique.
- The reaction to the touch of leather and alloy knives clippers. This is especially common in breeds with sensitive and irritated skin. As a rule, the shorter the hair, the more likely itching to occur after visiting the groomer.
- Too rare frequency of the procedure. If the procedures are carried out extremely rarely, then the skin is not fully adapted to them. With periodic visits to a specialist, skin immunity and resistance to irritation increase.
- Formations of large warlocks that grow in representatives of individual breeds. For high-quality grooming, such tackles must be disassembled and combed, during which additional microtraumas occur.
- Insufficient processing of the instrument, which is reusable and may contain microbes and skin particles of other animals served by the master.
In general, a haircut is a normal procedure, after which there should not be any negative manifestations if everything is done with the right frequency and in compliance with the rules.
What to do
As soon as the owner noticed any irritation, he should call the specialist who sheared the dog and inform him about it. The groomer will be able to take additional measures so as not to infect other customers in the event that the cause was a disease.
If the dog begins to itch actively and thereby can increase irritation, then he needs help. It is impossible to let everything go by itself in such cases, since soon ulcers will appear, which later turn into wounds, to which a bacterial infection can join. It can end even with sepsis and the death of an animal.
If the itching is too strong and combing cannot be prevented by simply distracting the pet, then a sedative can be given for several days. You need to choose a safe drug that will allow you to sleep normally and restrain the activity of the dog.
It is sometimes advised to play with your pet more often these days, to go for walks so that the animal is distracted and constantly busy with something. This will allow you to forget that the body is itching.
To reduce discomfort, you should treat the inflamed area with an antiseptic solution such as Miramistin, Chlorhexidine, and then lubricate the skin with ointment or softening cream - Sudokrem, Bepanten, Boro-plus. Sometimes it is recommended to use tea tree oil or baby cream.
When applying any of these funds, you need to monitor the reaction of the pet, because in rare cases they can cause a burning sensation. The main thing at the same time is not to let the applied funds lick off the skin. Sometimes you can take the recommendation to take antihistamines, which will help relieve inflammation and reduce itching. After 3-4 days, the situation should recover.
In the event that the inflamed areas of the skin begin to crust, there is a high probability of joining the fungal flora, so the dog should be shown to the veterinarian.
How to prevent
As is the case with any problem, the appearance of irritation and itching after grooming is easier to prevent than deal with the consequences. To do this, follow these recommendations:
- Gradually accustom the pet to hygiene procedures so that they do not become too much stress.
- Choose a groomer who is able to find a common language with the client, and in whose presence the dog can feel normal and relaxed.
- The specialist should be responsible and never neglect the requirements of hygiene, disinfection and preparation of the instrument before the procedures.
- Haircut must be carried out with the frequency that is necessary for this breed. The desire to save on the frequency of visiting the groomer may turn against the health of the animal.
- It is important to choose a shampoo that will not cause allergic reactions, and use it before cutting. There are many similar remedies, but the owner must remember which ones cause irritation and itching in the pet.
- Remember the place where the sensitivity manifested, and point to it during the next visits, so that in these areas you can leave the coat a little longer - this will reduce unpleasant sensations.
- The tail and groin should be cut with special nozzles, and if these are not available, then use ordinary hairdressers or thinning scissors. In these places, experienced specialists leave the hair slightly longer than in other parts of the body.
If all the rules are followed, the risk of itching and irritation is reduced to a minimum, and slight redness and discomfort in sensitive areas go away on their own within a couple of days.