What is Matting?
Matting is clumps of tangled fur that form over time in certain areas. Some of the most common areas for matts to form are under his/her front legs, behind the ears & around the tail. Or in areas where the dog is wearing a collar harness or clothing.
What breeds are prone to matting?
Almost any long-haired breed can become matted but some are more prone than others. Curly and cottony breeds like bichons, poodles, and Malteses tend to matt and can do so pretty quickly if not taken care of properly. Long furred dogs that shed a lot will need to be deshedded on a regular basis to prevent the fur from matting up.
How can I tell if my dog’s hair is matted?
You may be able to brush the fur on the top layer of the fur but it still might be matted underneath. In conclusion, unless you can comb through with a grooming comb all the way down to the skin then there are still knots and mats.
How did my dogs hair get matted?
Your dog’s hair became matted because he needs more frequent grooming. Making sure your dog’s coat is clean and brushed is the only way to prevent matting.
How can I prevent my dogs hair from getting matted?
It is 100% possible to prevent matting. With regular brushing & bathing, the mats will not have a chance. Brushing daily may be necessary however most dogs are ok with every few days to weekly brush outs. You should have your dog bathed every week to four weeks. If bathing weekly you should also be on the lookout for any reaction or irritation, especially if you are using a harsher shampoo. If there are any mats or tangles don’t bathe him as it will not help instead it can make it worse. Instead, brush him out completely if possible before bathing.
What tools and products should I use to maintain my dog’s coat healthy & mat free?
I advise using a gentle and natural shampoo. Using a “dog” tearless shampoo around the eyes is always highly recommend as well. The right slicker brush for your dog’s coat and a greyhound comb are the essentials for maintaining a coat safely as to not cause harm. There are also dematting sprays that are very effective when trying to brush your dog out as painless as possible.
Is it bad that my dogs hair is matted?
It depends on how severe and how long the matting has existed. When your dog’s coat is in a matted state it can be extremely uncomfortable for them and they can develop skin conditions and irritations. It takes a very well experienced and skilled groomer to remove the coat in this condition.
Can I just brush out the matting?
In some cases it is possible. A groomer skilled in dematting can take out minor matting. However, when there are large areas with more severe matting, a shave down is the most comfortable and safest option. Putting your dog through such vigorous brushing is unfair to him and to the groomer.
What do I do about my dog’s matted fur?
Firstly have him professionally groomed. Ask your groomer about the safest and best options for your needs. If he has more than a little matting it may be best to shave him down and then schedule more frequent groomings to prevent a repeat.