How to Heal Clipper Burns on a Dog

by Heather Vecchioni
 

Clipper burn is an uncomfortable, and unfortunately, a common occurrence on dogs who are groomed. Clipper burn appears as red marks or lines on a dog’s skin, typically in sensitive areas, such as the stomach or groin. Burning can occur for several reasons, including blades that are too hot or dull. If your dog has clipper burns, there are treatments to relieve its pain.

Step 1

Keep the area dry. Typically, irritations heal quickest when dry and open to air. If the spot is moist or damp, that could create an infection or more irritation.

Step 2

Poke a hole in a vitamin E capsule and gently rub its contents on the area, the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club suggests. Vitamin E is a natural skin remedy and should be used at least once a day until the irritation is resolved. Lanolin and aloe vera gel are natural remedies that are also effective on clipper burn that you should use daily until the burn is eliminated.

Step 3

Rub an over-the-counter steroid cream or ointment on the burn to soothe and help heal the area. Use the creams daily until the burn is gone.

Step 4

Bathe your dog in shampoo designed to soothe irritated skin, such as those containing oatmeal. Use warm or cool water and completely rinse off any shampoo. Follow the directions on the bottle for how long to let the shampoo soak and how often it is safe to use.

Step 5

Purchase products that are designed specifically for the use of soothing clipper burn and use them on the affected areas per the product’s directions. Pet stores typically sell these creams and gels. The products are usually in the grooming or shampoo sections.

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