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Razor Burn
cbfitz posted:
I was grooming my dog yesterday and I think I gave him razor burn under his back legs. The area isn't red, but it seems to bother him when he walks. He will only take a few steps before stopping to lick or just lying down. Are there any topical creams that are safe for dogs (aloe, Benedryl, cortisone cream, etc.)?
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Razor burn is a possibility and it certainly can be very irritating. Usually the area does get red and looks a little like road rash. Typically what happens with razor burn is that there is a mild skin infection set up and the skin is irritated as well as infected. If you think this is a problem, you can use an topical antibiotic ointment that also has a steroid in it. If things aren't better by Monday or get dramatically worse, I would recommend that you let your veterinarian take a look at it. It could even be a totally unrelated problem.

Hope things go well.


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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