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    Hi all,

    I am hoping someone can help. I have a 2 year old spoodle who is sweet natured and always friendly. He's outgoing and loves everyone.

    Recently he was groomed and was cut badly under the chin (where his collar goes) by the groomer. He was sent to their vet, they glued his wound shut. We had subsequent visits to the vet and he has been fine all the way through (six weeks).

    He developed a skin tag due to the way the wound was fixed. We had this removed on Monday this week and on Tuesday he started scratching the area where he was shaved. We were told to bandage his back feet. He reacted by sitting down and not moving.

    We removed the bandages after about two hours and since then he is refusing to do anything at all. He won't eat, he won't go to the toilet and he just sits with his head down or sleeps. The only things he does while he's awake is wash his paws like a mad thing or scratch his shaved neck.

    I really think he's just sulking but I don't know how to bring him out of it. All the things that usually get him excited are having no effect whatsoever, including his favourite snacks or going in the car or for a walk.

    I am extremely worried. He will eat if we hand feed him but I don't want to do that as I think it's encouraging him to be a baby. He's just had his first water since yesterday morning too.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.:

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    was cut badly under the chin (where his collar goes) by the groomer
    poor thing. Time to change groomers. And I would always rather go to my own vet than a stranger recommended by someone like this groomer.

    The wound area is bound to be itchy. It may also have an infection (is it red and swollen and weepy too?).

    Each of these new things - the grooming, the foot bandage etc - I would have paired with lots of yummy treats rather than just forcing him into position. For feet - maybe the bandages were too tight. Maybe loose bandage and socks and some soothing ointment for the itches would have worked better, and some nice treats to help him be ok with the idea.

    If he's not emaciated - it doesn't matter if he skips a day of meals or even two. Eventually he will get back into the idea of eating again. But it may also be that eating in the usual way is painful for him. Or aggravates the itch and that he doesn't have the same problem if you hand feed him.

    Personally after what he's been through - I'd think he would be entitled to some better care. You can always train him out of it when he gets over the itches. So far - nothing he's done is "right" or "ok" and he's probably miserable and uncomfortable and maybe in pain too. Hand feeding is the least of your worries right now.

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    The whole thing sounds really odd. My dogs have had very bad deep cuts and after 10-14 days the stitches came out and all was well. 6 weeks sounds outrageous, that is how long a broken bone takes to heal. Why would they use glue on a very bad cut? I guess it was so they didnt have to pay around $500 to have the dog anaethetised to be cleaned and stitched properly and a course of antibiotics.

    The wound should have been cleaned and stitched and perhaps a course of antibiotics, stitches out in 10 days. That should have been it. If the dog scratches a bucket or cone is put on usually with no problem. I dont understand the feet bandaging, most dogs would rip them off very quickly.

    I would change groomers and if anything like that happens again insist on your own vet.

    Hyacinth is right, he could well have an infection and not be feeling well. Dogs rarely sulk for no reason. It may be a sign that all may not be well physically. I would be taking my dog straight to my vet if a previously happy dog with a good apetite was depressed and not eating.
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    Thanks for your help guys.

    We took Byron back to the vet on Saturday. We've been seeing the vet that is at the pet store because they are covering the expenses and it's been about six visits.

    On Saturday the vet gave us an antiseptic cream with a mild anesthetic in it. This helped so much. The shaved area was really bothering him and he was so upset.

    After the vet we took him to an off-lead park and he actually ran around and had some fun. We did the same on Sunday.

    This week we've been continuing to apply the cream twice a day and Byron has been slowly coming out of his sulk. I think it was all down to the fact that he was feeling very unwell and didn't like people poking under his chin.

    We've been giving him plenty of love and treats and praise and he's almost back to his old self. We have one more vet checkup next Thursday to make sure the wound and shaved area are all fine and then we are NEVER going there again.

    I was absolutely beside myself last week as I didn't know what to do. He's such a gorgeous loving dog and to see him so upset was breaking my heart.

    Thanks for your advice.

    Great website :-)

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    Thank you for the update Kate71.

    I'm glad your dog is feeling better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate71 View Post
    Thanks for your help guys.

    We've been giving him plenty of love and treats and praise and he's almost back to his old self. We have one more vet checkup next Thursday to make sure the wound and shaved area are all fine and then we are NEVER going there again.

    Great website :-)

    So glad he is feeling more like his old self. I agree absolutely wouldnt be going back there again.

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