What Can Go Wrong at the Dog Groomer and What to Do
There are many things that can go wrong following a trip to the dog groomer, accidents do happen and dogs are sometimes hurt. If your pet is acting odd, or shows signs of injury after going to the dog groomer, be aware that you may need to do some checks.
Normal Dog Behavior After being Clipped
It is normal for a dog to feel odd or silly after getting their hair shaved. Many dogs run around, feeling lighter, others act traumatized and hide. Some dogs are itchy for a day or two, particularly if their fur had been badly matted. These mats pull in the dogs skin and cause the dog pain and discomfort, so when removed the dog is happy to itch. Some head shaking might occur, but if excessive this is a concern (see below).
As dogs get groomed more regularly their owner will become familiar with the dogs normal behavior and will then know if something went wrong.
Abnormal Dog Behavior After being Clipped
If a dog acts like it is sleepy, acts aggressive, or appears to be in pain there could be cause for alarm. There are many things that can go wrong at a dog groomers and if the groomer is not honest or ethical, they may not be so quick to tell you about about what happened.
Although a dog might sleep when you get it home, it should not be sleepy when you pick it up at the groomer. This behavior may indicated that your dog was drugged or otherwise sedated at the groomer. In many places this is actually illegal and should never be done without your permission as well as that of a veterinarian. A dog could have a reaction to the sedative (or be overdosed by the groomer) and there have been cases where this has caused death. Sedation without the owners knowledge is more common in cats, but is a risk concern in dogs as well. If you suspect your dog was sedated without your knowledge and permission take the dog immediately to a veterinarian for a blood test.
A sleepy dog can also be a warning that the dog was too warm for too long. In some grooming salons dogs are put into driers, if left in the drier too long they can overheat, or die. Offer the dog some water to rehydrate it, and possibly visit a veterinarian if it does not perk up.
Aggressive Dog or in Pain
If the dog was handled roughly at the groomer, and was possibly hurt, it may react negatively to its owner. Some of the problems that can happen, in addition to being treated roughly, are that the dog was nicked by the clippers. This often happens to female dogs who have had puppies (even if a long time ago) their nipples stick out a big more can can be cut. The groomer should notify the owner if this happens, and should pay any vet bills if veterinarian attention is needed.
Another painful problem is that the clippers were not kept lubricated and cool. Hot clippers can burn a dogs skin, this may be seen on the skin which would be pink in color where the dog is white. Often a rash will form. Again a dog with a clipper burn should go to the veterinarian for immediate attention.
If the dog is shaking its head more than usual or appears to have a pain in its ears it could be that water got into the dogs ear canal. This can be a problem in addition to being uncomfortable, water in the dogs ear can lead to infections. Dog groomers should try not to get water inside a dogs ears, but it can happen if the dog is not behaved.
A dog might be itchy after visting the dog groomer if they picked up fleas, or if the groomer used a perfume on the dog that it is allergic to.
Another problem is if the groomer cut the dogs toe nails too short. All dog groomers should have something to stop the bleeding if they cut into the quick and should inform the owner.
Some groomers clean out a dogs anal glands. They should never do this without informing you. If a dogs anal glands are cleaned manually they always need to be cleaned manually. Most large dogs do not require their anal glands to be cleaned. If a dog is scooting its rump, this can indicate the dog needs its glands cleaned. If the anal glands are not cleaned properly the groomer may have injured the dog. The dog may have blood on its rectum, or may appear to be in pain while defecating.
What to Do if there was a Problem
If you suspect the groomer did something wrong call them, and get a veterinarian to back up your opinion. They should be responsible for any medical bills. Be aware that accidents do happen, dogs squirm, and if you neglected the dog to the point their hair was matted this does not make the groomers job any easier. An occasional nick can be overlooked when the situation is one of these owner error (leaving a dog too long), but sedating a dog, or leaving it in the drier too long, and so forth, are unforgivable.
Puppies of the breeds that require regular grooming should visit the groomer when they are 12 weeks of age, and every 6 – 10 weeks thereafter. They should be brushed regularly (daily) to prevent mats from forming. Most dogs behave better at the groomer if their owner is not around. Find a good groomer by asking other dog owners for references.
Dogs should not be left all day at the groomer. Most hair cuts take no more than two hours, a dog should be at the groomer no longer than four hours.
Unvaccinated dogs should never go to the groomer.
The past few years the quality of many of the commercial dog food brands has come in to question. Many dog foods contain corn, which is nothing but filler, questionable meat bi-products, chemicals and preservatives. Multiple dog food scares have left owners uncertain on what brands are safe to feed their beloved pets. More and more people are choosing to feed their dogs something different from commercial food. Many people are feeding their dogs a raw diet and loving it. Those who would like an alternative to commercial food but are not quite comfortable with a raw diet, making your own dog food might be a perfect compromise.
Making your own dog food is quite easy to do and can be done for cheaper than buying a high quality commercial dog food. Homemade food can also be made in large amounts and frozen so you do not need to spend time daily making it. There are many dog food recipes online but it is just as easy to make your own. Be sure the foods you use are safe and that the food consists of 30% starch, 30% vegetable and 40% meat.
For the starch, brown rice, oats or pasta work well.
Vegetables and fruits you can choose from are carrots, squash, pumpkin, cucumber, cauliflower, yams, sweet potatoes, lettuce, beets, peas, parsnips, zucchini, watermelon, other melons, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples (no seeds, they are poisonous), cooked beans.
Lean beef, lamb, skinless chicken, venison, buffalo, elk, moose, musk Ox, turkey, rabbit, duck, boneless fish, cooked eggs, small amounts of beef and chicken liver are all excellent meat choices.
Vegetables/fruits that are not safe to use are spinach, beet greens, chard, onions, garlic, leek, tomato, potato, bell peppers, corn on the cob/corn, grapes, raisins, rhubarb, mushrooms, avocadoes, broccoli and raw beans.
Chicken skin and fat trimming are not healthy and raw fish should be avoided. Tuna sadly contains too much mercury to be safe. Large amounts of Liver can cause Vitamin A toxicity so should never be given.
Nutmeg, sugar, chocolate, nuts, milk, yeast dough, seeds and fruit pits, wheat, baby food, coffee/tea, hops, potato, salt, dairy products, apple seeds, apricot/cherry/peach pits and mustard seeds should never be given.
Calcium is also a vital aspect of your dog’s diet and can by simply added by topping their food each night with some unflavoured no fat yogurt. Yogurt can help dogs keep a balanced digestive tract and can help stop gassiness.
A few points to keep in mind:
Fresh or frozen veggies are best; do not use canned veggies as they have additives.
Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans have and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks. Be sure to mash vegetables up well.
Remember to feed no white coloured/bleached foods. When possible try to avoid wheat too, as it tends to make dogs gassy.
All Fish and Pork should be well cooked.
A canine multivitamin can be added to insure he gets everything he needs.
When preparing homemade dog food, it is best to vary the recipes so that your dog gets an array of nutrients.
Talk to your vet before changing to a homemade diet.
All meat should be lean and not covered in fat.
Feeding a homemade diet does take more work than simply buying a bag of kibble. However, knowing you are doing the best you can to keep your dog healthy is well worth the effort.
Some cat owners will have a strange thing happen at some time or another... their cat will pee on their bed. We all know cats are suppose to urinate in their litter box, but what are the reasons that some don't?
Some of the places that cats will select to urinate, other than their litter box, are on a bed, sofa, towels, laundry, or even carpeting. You will note they seldom pee on the floor. Just to clear things up – we are not referring to “Spraying” or marking behavior which is most often seen in male cats and is characterized by them standing with their rear end facing a (usually) vertical surface. They “shoot” their urine, and typically twitch their tail at this time. This article is about cats who empty their bladder on the bed, towels, and such, rather than "marking territory" with small amounts of urine.
There are basically three reasons why cats pee on the bed, towels, or what have you. One is that they have a reason for not using their litter box (there are many reasons for this), an other is because you have made these sources available to them, and finally it is because these things smell like you. Let us look into these factors further.
Reasons for a Cat Not Using the Litter Box
There are a multitude of reasons cats fail to use their litter box to urinate. They could have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), they could have a behavioral problem, or somehow you failed to keep the litter clean, locatable, and of the right type of litter. Perhaps another cat is not allowing them to use their litter box, or the door was shut to the room where it is.
There are so many reasons, in fact, that if a cat is having this problem, one should try to determine the source, a link is available here to help finding out the cause of a cats refusal to use the litter box.
Peeing on the floor is not fun, it splatters, and cats know this. They sometimes have the same problem when their litter box gets so low that all the litter is piled up on one side of the box. They know that fabric is absorbent, and will not cause urine to splatter on their legs. When a kitten cannot find a litter box it will look to whatever is available.
Smells Like You
Your bed, your towels, your dirty laundry on the floor, these things all smell like you. Of course people will try saying that your cat is marking your stuff as its own, but really we do not know what the cat is thinking when it urinates on your bed or clothing. Many theories exist, including that they use this as a way of stating their anger with you, but this is really just guess work. The fact is your cat does not pee on you (hopefully), just your soft stuff, so perhaps your cat thinks of this in a familiar sort of way.
What Can be Done to Prevent, or End, the Problem of a Cat Peeing on your Stuff
Assuming again that the cat is spayed or neutered, and is not spraying... and assuming the cat is not suffering from any kind of urinary tract infect, diabetes, and so forth, there are some things we can do. First amend the problem as mentioned in the link also mentioned above relating to why it cats fail to use the litter box in the first place.
Keep bedroom doors shut and/or keep clothing picked up or in a hamper (with a lid). Try spending a few minutes every day with the cat, patting it, or giving it treats. Keep the home as stress free as possible (do not allow kids to chase your cats). If you must, shut the cat up in the room where the litter box is located at night (with food and water of course), or when you are away, thus reinforcing it to use the litter box, but only if you have filled it with the correct litter, and it is placed in an appropriate spot to begin with (not next to a laundry machine or furnace).
Be aware that cats do not understand discipline for this problem. Rubbing the cats nose in “it” will not help, and may only add to the stress and confusion the cat is experiencing – thus making the problem worse.
Please read the link on why cats fail to use their litter box as this is the start to the problem of them using your bed, towels, and so forth, as a litter option.
The nose is a vital part of the cat’s ability to perceive his surroundings. His sense of smell is often remarkable as he can smell all sorts of scents. His sense of smell however, may get affected due to several illnesses caused by viruses, pollens and bacteria. Some of these may manifest with symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing and fever. It is important for cat owners to isolate their sick cat from other pets in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Owners are also encouraged to bring their cat to the vet for evaluation.
But can a cat get a runny nose cold from being too cold? How do cats cope with this cold? These are just some of the more common questions that cat owners pose regarding the health of their pet cat when the cat is exposed to cold weather or especially during winter.
During Cold Weather
When the cat is exposed to cold temperatures during cold weather, the nose of the feline becomes dry. This usually results in the drying of the nose’s sensitive membrane which blocks irritants that cause colds. When the sensitive membrane is unable to block off pollens, bacteria and viruses from passing into the respiratory system of the cat, the feline becomes more susceptible to infection that usually results in a runny nose.
The most prominent sign of cat nasal infection is the presence of a thick mucus coming out from the cat’s nose. Other symptoms of cat colds include heavy breathing, lethargy, sneezing, and breathing through its mouth. Runny nose among cats is characterized by a watery discharge from the nose for a few hours, which in such case, the cat should be brought to a veterinarian. The discharge may also turn yellow and this is often associated with a bacterial infection.
When the cat sneezes for several hours and then the sneezing suddenly stops, then it may be because of an irritation in the nose. When the cat grabs its nose and sneezes hard, then something may have been stuck in its nose. If the cat sneezes and has sniffles for a whole day, then it may have a respiratory infection.
It is recommended that cats with colds are brought to a veterinarian given the complex nasal passages of the feline. Veterinarians usually advise cat owners to increase air humidity using a vaporizer particularly in a small space to help in liquifying the nasal discharge. A humidifier can also help stop nasal irritation.
Veterinarians also will prescribe antibiotics to help the feline avoid certain bacterial infections, allowing its body to fight to resist the viral infection that caused the cold. Veterinarians will also look into the symptoms and its eating behavior.
So can a cat get a runny nose cold from being too cold? The answer is yes. It is therefore best to take measures to avoid exposing the cat for prolonged periods in cold weather. Many owners opt to keep their pets indoor during these conditions.