Coton de Tulear Grooming Trauma

by Iris
(Bristol, CT USA)

I would be very interested to know if other Coton de Tulear owners dogs have experienced trauma and bizarre behaviors after being left at the groomers.


We are having bad luck finding a compassionate groomer. My Tuffy went to yet another groomer yesterday. This one was recommended by the Vet's office, and turned out to be the worst experience for Tuffy.

He was badly matted from repeatedly getting wet in the snow, and I had been combing, brushing and cutting out chunks of matted hair all winter. The mats got so bad, I could not keep up with it. I left extensive information for the groomer, all the do's and don't, and even so, my dog was a nervous wreck when I picked him up.

His legs and feet were shaved, his body maybe 1/2 inch of hair left on it. I asked that they at least leave his head and tail alone, but they still thinned and trimmed that hair, and I specified NOT to express the anal gland, but his behind is so sore he is dragging, turning, and showing distress toward that area. He seems to be afraid to go poop.

He is itching and scratching all over so bad and shaking, and he was so fearful he even hid in his crate when we got home, (I can never get him to stay in the crate) I had to give him half a benedryl for the itching, but it did not help at all. He would not eat or play, and just stands outside and stares when I take him out to go potty.

Tuffy always sleeps at my feet, but when I woke up this morning I could not find him at all. Then when I went back to bed I saw a bit of white hair, He was curled up asleep under my pillow!

When I take him outside, he shakes and trembles and seems to be looking to get away. I feel so sad for him. and feel I cannot trust any groomers that I am going to buy a grooming set and learn how to do this myself. I never want my dog to suffer this disgrace and abuse again.

Tuffy is such a good boy, fun and loving, I hate to see him so miserable. I cannot bear to show you what he looks like right now.

I would appreciate your responses.








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Dec 13, 2013
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Bad groomers
by: Anonymous

I to had my dog has has bad groomer. They pulled out his hair in his ears they bleed for a week. They cut his stomach. Cut off his long eye lashes. Made him look like a poodle. They did everything I asked them not to do. He is now afraid of groomer. I will try it myself

Nov 28, 2013
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Why, you ask, is it necessary?
by: Iris

IT absolutely is NOT necessary for a groomer to express a dog's anal glands,I told the groomers that,and said do not do it,they did anyway, as far as I'm concerned, it is a medical issue that a Vet should determine, not a dog shampoo assistant, or anyone else at a dog grooming facility. I specifically asked my Vet, he said the same, it is not necessary to express the gland and tell the groomer NOT TO DO IT. That is exactly what I told the groomers(many of them, until I quit bringing Tuffy to them). People just are going to do what they want to do, what they believe, no matter that you are paying them to do what you need. OY, Don't get me started again. Love your dogs and protect them like your children.
God Bless, and happy Thanksgiving to all our Coton families.
Love, Iris and Tuffy.

Nov 27, 2013
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anal glands
by: Anonymous

why is it necessary to have the groomer clean his glands...it seems to me anything that is stuck there will come out when he goes again. I have a friend who was having his dog groomed every month and now he started biting. He wasn't a coton but he must have had some trauma.

Oct 20, 2012
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problems related to groomers
by: AnonymouNancy

Our coton has been is just a yr. old now.We sent him to be groomed and he came back with major pain and fear. They did not correctly attend to his anal glands and improperly groomed his tail so now they say he will have permanent arthritis in his tail. We are so upset. Does anyone know of any other people who have had this problem and any related lawsuits. Out puppy is suffering and it is breaking my heart. If u would like to reply please do so nmkjester@aol.com.


Jul 02, 2012
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COTON TRAUMA AT GROOMER...MY BIG FEAR
by: Owner of a Rescued Coton

This is the reason our Lilly has not been to a groomer. I'm afraid of the trauma. I have been trying to teach myself. Recommend a very good pair of scissors so it's easy to snip out the mats. Snip vertically up into the mat not to close to the skin and they are easier to cut out in smaller strips. We live in a fairly hip area of town, so i just told myself that it's ok for my doggie to look asymetrical while i teach myself. Try a product called "Cowboy Magic" (its made for horses manes and dogs) it is so very very nice to de-tangle and keep tangles out. After bath, put a tiny bit (dime size) rub it into palms and then spot all over under arms and legs, neck, behind ears. If your dog picks up dirt quickly you will know you used too much. Then massage into fur and comb through with your fingers while wet. I finger dry and use a large wooden comb. This gets the dog used to being combed. Give your dog lots of Reiki and maybe some Dr. Bachs for dogs.

Feb 08, 2012
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Bad grooming
by: Anonymous

We have experienced a bad grooming experience. Our little Coton ended up looking like a poodle. His beautiful white hair was gone and he seemed so sad. They should never shave a Coton!

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