I need some advice. My lab, Dooley, is 5 years old. We get him shaved twice every summer by a dog groomer. We had him clipped on Saturday. His testicles (balls) are red and he is licking them alot. While at the groomer they found a few fleas on him and flea dipped him. First they shaved him, then they put the flea dip on him, waited a few minutes and then washed and dried him. He has been groomed here before and never had a bad reaction to the shampoo. I think the flea dip burnt him, but only in that one area. Is that possible? What can I do for him?
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
stop shaving him for starters. labs dont get shaved.
and if he has fleas, i'm wondering , do you use a monthly flea preventative?
Ouch, the poor guy! It sounds like razor burn and the dip then burned and irrated the area. What about putting bag balm on it? Whatever you put, he will lick off. Try to put it on when he is sleepy or napping.
Why do you shave him? Lab's fur protects them from the elements (cold, heat, sun). Maybe due to his lack of protection he got into something, maybe razor burn? I don't know, but I wouldnt shave him again.
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He's much cooler in our hot climate when he is shaved. I say that he's shaved but it's more like a crew cut. My lad does get shaved in the hot weather. He has NEVER had a problem before this.
Yes we use frontline on him every month. He was recently around a cat that had fleas, he has never been bothered with them before so I'm guessing that's where he got them.
Why so blunt and rude? I need help not judgement. If you don't want to help then please don't reply. I'm worried about him and don't need chastised right this minute.
You... shave your Labrador Retriever ????????
I'm sorry... I can't think of something helpful or even snarky to say.
I am just... astounded that you would do this.
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ok, try a shampoo with soothing oatmeal. organic if possible. frontline,as i understand it and use it too, kills the reproductive part so you can get a flea but it wont reproduce.
i would think , whatever they used on him, is caustic and not having hair where he should, must burn like heck.
and again, take no offense, but no matter where you live, labs have hair for a reason. it protects them.
Thanks Sophiesmama. I will try that. I don't want him to be uncomfortable. You are so kind to answer me.
He's been groomed many times in the summer and has never had a problem.
please read up on shaving/trimming labradors. you will quickly see it is UNANIMOUS that labradors should not be shaved.If you don't believe us here, try the other lab board (Shaving my Gunther???) or just google "shaving a labrador retriever" for more info. Groomers will do ANYTHING for money - an ethical groomer would have mentionned it is not recommended to shave a labrador.
a dog's fur protects them from the sun and keeps them cool (yes, cool). to remove the fur makes them suceptible to sun burns and makes it harder for them to keep cool.
Personally I would see a vet regarding the redness in such a sensitive area.
Last edited by Tanya; 08-11-2011 at 07:53 PM.
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I will add to the don't shave your lab crew by adding--their fur also prevents sunburn.
I would try to put something soothing on his burned area--aloe or something like that.
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