Pup parents, are you frustrated by the constant matting in your dogs coat? With over 13 years in the pet industry, 8 specializing in dogs and the experience of running one of Miami’s busiest dog hotels, daycare and grooming facilities, I’ve got the information you need to best deal with this hairy situation.
PetMD spoke with Melissa Verplank, certified Master Grooming about what we can do in regards to the dreaded coat matting. She says “Regular brushing is key.” In the article she suggests using a curved back slicker brush and brushing a small section at a time, you can add a light mist while brushing to help loosen the knots. Push the coat up with your hand to the line of the skin, pat the brush into the hair, and pull away from the dog’s body gently. She adds that when the matting is too heavy “humanity before vanity”, trim it off.
What options are there when the matting is too heavy? Cathy Madson a certified dog trainer and regular contributed to PreventativeVet.com suggests seeking professional help. She says, “[matting] determines the length they can cut the dog’s coat, as they must clip underneath the mats.” This often means your dogs coat will be short.
So, what do you do about matting?
- Brush. Brushing thoroughly and regularly. Light misting can help ease the process of brushing knots out. Push the coat up with your hand to the line of the skin, pat the brush into the hair, and pull away from the dog’s body gently.
- Tools. Use the right brush for your dog. A good slicker brush is recommended.
- Know when to throw in the brush. Seek professional help to avoid knots or deal with heaving matting.
Matting can be stressful for both you and your pup but with regular care either by you or a professional it can be easily prevented.
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