Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
Hi all! I am new the this website and I am hoping for some guidance. Otis just got back from the groomers on Saturday. I noticed a little bloody spot on top of his head Saturday night. I thought maybe he hit his head. I'm noticiing new spots daily that are scabbing and I figured out he is scratching himself so hard he is making booboos on his head. I called the groomers and they said to bring him back for an oatmeal bath, but will that help if it is an alergic reaction to the shampoo they used? Should I take him to the vet? Please help I am so upset seeing him hurt himself.
This does not sound like allergies to me, unless it would be a contact dermatitis from some product they used at the groomer.
Allergy symptoms in dogs typically involve a lot of scratching, licking, rubbing and biting, and rarely involve the top of the head. If the spots are only on his head, it may be that they accidentally cut or nicked him or otherwise irritated the area during grooming, or even used too hot a dryer, and what you are seeing are little bleeding scabs from him rubbing the area that was injured. It also sounds like it could be bug bites. I agree with Joanne, I would have the vet take a look before doing anything else.
He is licking his one leg a lot. He had an allergy about a year ago but I could see a bit of a rash. I dont see any rash this time. I made an appointment with the vet and will still take him to get the oatmeal bath, maybe it will give some relief.
Our springer broke out in what I call hives this summer. He had scabby bumps all over his sides and back but none on his head, tummy or legs. The vet said this was an allergic reaction and that it had inflamed the hair follicles. Here are the possible causes that I have come up with: Frontline Plus, fleas (first time ever we have had an infestation), grooming products (when at groomer). The vet said that the only real way to determine a cause (one of these or a myriad of other possibilities) would be to do allergy testing. We opted to treat the symptoms for now.