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My dog just had a haircut and now her ears are itchy and have red spots. What home remedy could I use to clear them up? She's a Shih Tzu/Bichon. Thanks in advance.
She might have been allergic to the shampoo the groomer used. Take her back to the groomer and have her re-shampooed
With shampoo for sensitive skin at no charge. If that doesn't help, call the vet
Dogs can get clipper burn from blades that are too dull, blades that are too hot, or clips that are too close. Or the dog may just be very sensitive.
Aloe Vera treatment for sunburn, the one with Lidocaine in it, will probably fix the problem.
In the future, ask that the dog salon use a blade that leaves more hair on a #7f, for instance, instead of a #10, and use a hypoallergenic shampoo.
If you plan to use the same groomer in the future - I would call them and ask that they make a note on your (doggie) chart about this problem so they will be aware of the problem in the future. If you plan to change groomers then I would call and ask about the type/brand of shampoo and other items used as well as the number clipper blade. Then you can be prepared for any future visits.
If you have an aloe plant you can just break off a 'leaf', cut it open and smear the contents on the red inflamed areas. This will not harm your dog. Even a cloth rinsed in warm water should help - but try not to keep the area wet and of course, keep her from scratching the area.
Here is a site that may explain what happened to cause this red area:
You also should make sure she didn't get ringworm or mange from the groomer. I am sure your groomer did a great job of being hygienic, but if a dog that was treated before had these conditions your dog could've gotten infected.
A great thing to use on your dog is aloe vera: "Externally, aloe has many benefits. Aloe has been shown to have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it soothing to the skin. It contains prostaglandins, which may reduce inflammation, promote healing and alleviate allergic reactions. In addition to prostaglandins, according to Shawn Messonnier, DVM, in his book The Natural Vets Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, acemannan, a polysaccharide immune stimulant found in aloe vera, may be helpful for pets with allergies, skin infections, and other diseases, including cancer, that suppress the immune system.
Aloe can be applied to wounds, burns, eczema, or any other skin irritations like bites and stings. Hot spots? Aloes cool to the touch and will relieve your dogs discomfort. For best results, apply it twice a day for any of your pets skin ailments." http://www.dogs m/aloe-for-dogs/