5) Keep an eye out for ingrown hair follicles
as they are beginning to develop...Many times, a hair can become ingrown and will not a cause a problem... If the hair is just under the first layer of skin, many times it can be removed via a tweezers or easily lanced out by the veterinarian quite easily.
Some Poodles develop one at a time and others may have a small cluster or several affected follicles spread out over different areas of the body. If you spot one, do not assume that it is the only one.
If you are able to detect an ingrown hair at this early stage, you may be able to have it dealt with early and for less money than what will happen if it grows deeper. Though it should be noted that the coat (even if short) will prevent immediate detection in many cases and it's not uncommon for the area to be undetectable until it is raised and/or festering from bacteria.
Issues will arise, as you know, if the area becomes infected or if the hair is deeper than that one layer. If a Poodle has an issue with clusters of ingrown hairs, this is often referred to as Folliculitis, which is essentially inflamed hair follicles. In some cases, a minor issue that could have been resolved more easily, will escalate into Folliculitis, with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius being the most common form of infection. Fungal infection is also possible.
Some inverted hairs are just very stubborn and while a vet may suggest a 'wait and see' approach if the skin looks healthy, these can gradually worsens until surgical intervention is the only course of action. So, again, you'll want to inspect your Poodle on a regular basis, and this is much easier to do if the coat is keep short, as recommended.
Also, early signs of infection are if a Poodle starts chewing
on a particle area. When you look at the area, you may see a small red bump or a bump that appears to be filled with pus. These can be very tiny (smaller than the size of a pencil eraser) or if there are several affected follicles in a clump, this may appear to be the size of a dime or even a nickel.
Once it becomes severe, too bothersome for the dog or is infected, there will need to be surgical intervention.
There are a couple of more prevention tips... However, while you are, of course, familiar with this, let's cover the treatment options, should it reach this phase: