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Although the long, silky, hair of a long-haired dog is beautiful, it can also be difficult to keep tangle free. Despite your best efforts, every dog will likely develop a mat from time to time. Sometimes the mats are small and a simple brushing will remove them. Other times the mats are very large or there are many of them and can be stubborn. No matter what the size or quantity of the mats, there are ways you can easily remove the mats from your dog's coat.How to Remove Mats From Dog Hair. Part of the series: Dog Care Information. Removing mats from dog hair will help keep your dog's skin and coat in good condition. Untangle your pet's hair with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog grooming. Read more: Yes! Matted hair on pets is a problem - just ask this Shih Tzu above who was unable to see because of mats of hair on his face!
Matting is common on non-shedding breeds of dogs. Matting ranges from harmless to dangerous. A few small mats are common, especially around a dog's ears or collar, and in between the legs. But when matting gets close to the skin, or there are many mats, it can become a problem.
Heavy matting can be even more of a problem. Matted hair can hold tears, feces and urine next to the skin. This can cause irritation, pain, and potential skin infection. If left for a long time this can cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and/or hyperkeratosis (elephant skin). Heavily matted hair can change a dog's movement, cut off circulation, or hide infected wounds. In an extreme case, matting can tighten around a dog's leg or tail, slowly constricting until it has cut through to the bone!
In addition to health problems, matting can have a serious effect on your budget! When matting gets close to the skin, or there are many mats, it adds to the time our Groomer spends with your dog - causing delays and cancellations. Manual dematting or a close shave are both uncomfortable for your dog. His protests might require our Veterinary Assistant or Technician to stop her work to assist! This matting can add time - and cost - to your dog's regular grooming.
Shaving the hair off the dog is a temporary solution - and a poor one. For a close shave, if a clipper cannot slide between your dog's skin and the matting, dematting is necessary to begin removing hair. In this scenario, it is rarely possible for your dog to come home with a cute, even shave. Close shaves - with or without mats - have their own risk. Close shaves require changing and cooling blades of the clipper to protect dogs from heat burns. Friction burns (like a rope burn) are unfortunately possible because the moving parts of the clipper are so close to the dog's skin. If a dog with a plush coat is to have a lamb, or fluffy, cut, the coat must be completely free of all mats and tangles. Even while working quickly with a cooperative dog, dematting expense, in 15-minute increments, can add up fast!
It might not save time to wait so long in between grooming appointments. Grooming cost can be minimized by taking care of your dog's coat at home.Water makes mats more difficult to remove, so do not get the mat wet. Instead, work in a small amount of natural conditioner to hydrate the hair. Work it in for a few minutes with your fingers, gently pulling apart the mat , working from the ends of the hair toward the skin. As you work inward, alternately pick at the mat with the end of a comb or dematting tool and brush out the mat with a slicker brush. Continue going back and forth between picking and teasing. You can cut off a mat; start by sticking a comb into the fur where it meets the skin, creating a barrier between the base of the mat and your dog's skin. Use a pair of scissors to cut through the mat, then remove the comb and tease out the remaining hair with a slicker brush.