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Old 12-21-2012, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was shaving Angel down with blade combs on yesterday. The crease of her hind leg fed into the comb and shaved away a nice little portion of skin. It required 3 sutures. Add in antibiotics (we would have been fine with topical... This wasn't my favorite vet) and pain meds... Over $200.

Ironic how the entire time I was grooming, I was thinking about just nixing the blade combs and using a naked 4F instead.

I usually pull that crease or other grab-able parts flat against the body so I've got a plane of skin to work on but she's so neurotic that I just didn't have enough hands to steady her, hold the clippers, and hold the skin at the same time.

We HAVE to get a better restraint system going. I'm planning on a DIY LIPS. She wasn't jumping around or I wouldn't have groomed her myself. She was just practicing avoidance by trying to turn away and the grooming loop doesn't help all that much.

Has this happened to you? Feels awful.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Awe ... That sounds horrible for you both! I've never done it, but as a rookie with the clippers ill definitely take this as advise. Hope ya both heal quickly!


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Ouch! I know you feel awful! When I shave Potsie down, I stand him up on his hind legs, holding him with up with one hand so his leg is straight. Easier with a small minipoo than with your Spoo, I'm sure!
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Ouch! I know you feel awful! When I shave Potsie down, I stand him up on his hind legs, holding him with up with one hand so his leg is straight, and clipping him with the other. Easier with a small minipoo than with your Spoo, I'm sure!
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Hugs to the both of you.

My boys are not even home yet, but I have no confidence in myself when it comes to grooming. Not sure if things will change once home and in time, but as of now, there is no way. I am lucky that there are many groomers near us and we have lots of choices. This also makes the prices not so out there, because they are all in competition with each other.

I hope she heals quickly.
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She's my mini so I can stand her up too. I was practicing maneuvering my wrist though.

She's none the worse for wear. She's trying to get in some licks because of the threads but it doesn't seem to really bother her. I did it in the morning and I didn't even know until that night because she didn't give me any indication at all! She hasn't learned yet that we complain in this house when anything is wrong.
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I've caught that spot once before. With a #10 on a very matted, thin skinned, skittery yorkie. Don't beat yourself up, guards have such wide teeth, that can happen easily. I'm sure she barely knew it happened, most dogs don't feel things the way we would.
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So sorry that happened, but it could happen to any of us. When Stella got bit by the my sil beagle she required 5 sutures, I refused the pain med and the antibiotics and it was $98.00 The vet really wanted me to give her the antibiotics, but I was afraid I would get something started with yeast and did not. She was fine.

Today I let the dogs out to play in the snow and Stella came back in bleeding! She cut her leg... it is always something.
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Yes that happened the fist time I groomed Harry. It happens and it's terrible. Main thing he is okay


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To be honest, I only gave a week's worth of the antibiotics. She's pretty good about her tummy but I don't want to push our luck. The skin healed up and closed completely after one week and I didn't see the need to continue another week. If that makes me a naughty patient then whatever, I'm none too thrilled with vets in my area right now. Put a 12 year old dog under anesthesia when a local block will do... grumble....grumble...
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