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    I did a poodle schnauzer cross last Fri, and though he was 4 and ahalf months out and a matted mess, he looked cute and was happy when he left.
    Well behaved and no issues with the groom that I know of.

    Owner called me MON and says he is licking his crotch and won't play or eat, but will eat treats from her hand. Should she take him to the vet?
    I told her she was the one that could see the area, and it was her decesion.

    I don't think I did anything, probably just itching from mat rash, but how are you to know?
    I called again this morning and she says he is better but still won't play.

    I called her vet, the one SHE wrote down on her card, and they have NO record of her going there. ?????

    Called her back and told her to maybe take her dogs temp?
    This lady is old, its her first dog, and I can tell she is not going to take him to the vet.
    I don't know what to do for the dog.
    He could have have an issue related to grooming or not, but how am I to help the dog if the owner won't do anything?
    Really bothers me.

  • #2
    Stop. Take a deep breath. I hate to be so blunt, but this is not your problem, nor is it your responsibility. There are a lot of things in this world we can fix, and millions of things we can't. This is a can't.

    The chances are good that the dog was simply licking because he can. Dogs are like that. They lick themselves. If the area was covered with mats, and now it's not, he's making up for lost time.

    If the owner wants to take the dog to the vet, she will. If she doesn't, you can't force her to do so. The situation doesn't warrent calling the Humane Society for neglect. At least not at this point in time.

    So take a deep breath and let it go. You're beating yourself up over something you have no control over.


    • #3
      He could be itchy from being shaved in that area. It's like dogs that itch after getting their bum shaved. I just tell them to use an OTC Triple Antibiotic cream. I tell them it will clear up in a few days and all is well. This is when i am sure of what the problem is and people are clear with me of the repeat of this problem. In your case it might not be the issue. This dog hasn't been groomed that often. Anything could be wrong and grooming opened up other problems. It is not your fault. Telling her to go to the vet was the best thing you could have done.
      Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.- Richard Carlson


      • #4
        A lot of dogs itch after being shaved, I use a triple antibiotic ointment put it on the bottom, then an anti-itch spray on the belly. I know when I shave my legs I always put a moisturizer on, make the skin feel better. That dog is probly itching, because he can feel his skin after being matted, it probly is healing after not having good air and circulation from matting.


        • #5
          I'm not trying to over haul your thread but I was wondering about the triple antibiotic cream that a couple of people have said they used. Is this made for dogs? And if not, is it safe for them to lick off? What is the brand name? I use Peace & Kindness when the dogs are in my care but always worry about clipper irritation on closely clipped spots once the pet returns home.


          • #6
            sick dog after grooming

            if the owner will not take him to vet there is nothing that you can do. the licking could be irritation from being shaved the not eating part does not make and sense. good luck hope the dog is okay