Shaving Mats

We love giving doggies amazing haircuts and making them look as cute as possible.  Many people prefer a longer haircut for their pooch, but it's not always possible.  

Matted Dog
Matting refers to densely tangled clumps of fur in a pet’s coat.  If a dog’s coat is not properly and frequently brushed, loose and live hairs become embedded in large masses.  Sometimes mats can be combed out, but if left too long, it is impossible without seriously harming your dog.

Matting can cut off blood supply to extremities, and deny regular air circulation.  Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes unhealthy.  It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores may form.  Sometimes the consequences from these mats can be completely hidden from view. In some cases, the matting can be so bad that a vet will need to treat the issue.
   
Happy Tails will not cause undue harm or stress by brushing out an extremely matted coat.  When dealing with extreme mats, the only safe solution is to shave the coat and start fresh.

Shaving a matted coat is a delicate and slow process requiring experience and expertise.  A dog’s skin can be 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.

Matted Dog
Once the shaving is done, your dog may develop an itchy response to the shaving. Since your dog’s skin is already fragile at this point from the matting, it is important that you ensure that the dog does not itch or lick after this has been done to prevent further irritation. 

Regular and frequent grooming, especially brushing, is absolutely necessary to not only prevent mats, but to keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy. Make sure you have a good quality brush as well as a comb to maintain your dog’s coat.
  
Professional grooming should be done on a regular basis every 4 to 6 weeks.   After 8 to 10 weeks, a coat may become too dirty and matted to maintain, depending upon your dog’s breed and lifestyle.

At Happy Tails we like to encourage frequent grooming appointments so we can continue to give your dog an adorable haircut! We offer a 5% discount off a full groom if the appointment is pre-booked and if the groom is no longer than 6 weeks from the last.

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