Severe matting can be extremely painful to your dog during brushing. Brushing only causes live hairs to be pulled out of the skin with excruciating pain. Even mild matting can cause your pet a great deal of pain.
Matting can cut off blood supply to extremities, and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matter, like weeds and stickers, can become embedded in the skin. Matts have been known to contain stool of the pet and even fly larvae that further irritate the skin. Remember, sometimes these mats and their consequences can be completely hidden from view.
Some severely matted pets may require the attention of a veterinarian.
Shaving a matted coat is a delicate and slow process requiring experience and expertise. A dog’s skin is thin like tissue paper, and dense mats can cause it to become loose due to the weight of the matting. Clippers can easily cut loose skin if not done properly and safely. Please make sure your dog is professionally groomed to remove matted hair carefully.
After shaving, a pet may develop an itchy skin response. Owners should watch to ensure that constant scratching does not cause the skin to become irritated.
Dead, loose hairs should be removed through regular and thorough brushing. This is especially important for long-haired dogs, and when dogs shed seasonally. Brushing also aerates the fur and skin. Regular, professional grooming is essential, too. At Fun 4 All, our groomers bathe and brush with particular attention to areas where mats quickly form. Keeping your dog's hair at a manageable length also helps to prevent matting.
Grooming should be done on a regular basis, such as every 4 to 6 weeks. After 8 to 10 weeks, a coat may become too dirty and matted to maintain (depending upon breed and lifestyle of your dog).
We offer grooming services that can help prevent matting and control shedding, as well as a natural dog shampoo for conditioning at home.
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