Dog Grooming Emergencies
Dog Grooming Emergencies It’s fine to read about these remedies, but on the other hand, horrible emergencies present themselves with no clear solution.
I don’t know which of the rules below you would have followed if you had been in my situation: two Weimaraners and a short-haired Collie running through fresh tar on a new driveway? Their legs and bellies were covered in thick, sticky tar with pebbles attached, and they were totally freaked out.
On Weimaraners, there’s no hair to clip and their skin is as delicate and soft as silk. Nothing worked, not olive oil, not even a product called Goo Gone. The dogs were crazed by having this sticky goo stuck with pebbles all over them, and I didn’t know what to do except use the forbidden: turpentine.
When that hit the delicate Weim skin, it gave “freaked- out dog” a new meaning. I followed that with many shampooings, rinsings, and applications of aloe gel to reduce the redness and sting. You wouldn’t wish such a fate on a dog, as they say.
Here are some solutions to common dog grooming emergencies:
1-The first thing in the dog grooming emergencies is Chewing Gum, Tar or Other Sticky Ingredients:Try to roll a fingerful of peanut butter around the substance to loosen it. If that doesn’t work, clip it out.
2-The 2nd thing in the dog grooming emergencies is Paint: There’s nothing to do but clip it out. NEVER use turpentine or other chemical solvents on a dog (despite the anecdote above). They are toxic if she licks the area, they are flammable and they irritate the skin.
If it is more than a very small amount of paint, you might want a groomer to give the dog a total haircut and let it all grow back.
3-The 3rd thing in the dog grooming emergencies is De-skunking Your Dog: For years, people believed that the best way to remove skunk odor was to give their dog a tomato-juice bath, but it is no longer considered an effective or user- friendly solution. No matter what preparation you use, with a long-haired dog the important thing is to get the solution worked right down to the skin with your fingers.
- Peppermint mouthwash is one of the quicker, easier solutions for de- skunking: wet a cloth with the mouthwash and wipe it on your dog’s coat. Then bathe the dog or rinse him thoroughly.
- A gallon jug of white vinegar can be used in the same way.
- There are commercial “de-skunking” solutions sold in pet stores that are purported to work well, or you can mix up your own concoction following the recipes in the chart below.
Two scientists came up with solutions you can make at home to clean the odor from skunk spray. The recipes that follow first appeared in a publication of the American Chemical Society called Chemical & Engineering News.
- One quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1⁄4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- One teaspoon liquid dish soap
- Dilute with an equal amount of water. Rub into the coat, rinse many times with ample fresh water.
- One gallon warm water.
- One cup Snowy bleach (sodium perborate)
- Three tablespoons liquid detergent
- Rub into the hair, rinse thoroughly with lots of water.
4-The 4th thing in the dog grooming emergencies is Porcupine Quills: Go right to the vet’s office or an emergency veterinary facility if this happens after office hours. Do NOT try to pull out the quills yourself—they have little hooks on the end that really hurt if you try to remove them. This requires the vet’s help.
5-The 5th thing in the dog grooming emergencies is Tear stains White (and other light-colored) dogs often get reddish-brown tear stains below their eyes. “Tear-staining syndrome” is seen most frequently in the miniature and toy Poodles and in Maltese Terriers and is caused by an overflow of tears: the protein in tears called lactoferrin binds to iron and causes the stain.
But the underlying problem is the excess tears. This can be caused by abnormalities in the ducts, which could be a defect from birth, or caused by infection or trauma later. You should get a thorough ophthalmic exam for your dog to determine the cause of the tear-duct problem and what medical or surgical options you may have now to correct it.
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