At Peanut Paws Pet Grooming Services your pet’s safety, including its health and welfare, is our first priority.
Serious matting often requires clipping off – taking the coat very short. Unfortunately, your pet might not end up looking as cute. But the good news is that it is just hair, and it will grow back. Just give it a few weeks.
In many cases, a pet will have a few non-serious matts. We might be able to clip these out strategically so that the clipped area still blends into the coat. Or the knots can be treated with a conditioner or special dematting treatment and brushed through without causing your pet pain.
What causes matts to form in your pet’s coat?
- General neglect of the coat – Your pet’s coat should be brushed regularly e.g. once a day or every other day.
- Incorrect brushing – Some pet owners, with the best intentions, unfortunately don’t bring the pins of the brush close enough to the skin. Brushing has to be thorough otherwise you are just brushing the top layer of the coat but the knots are still forming close to the skin.
- Towel drying your pet after it gets wet may cause matts to form
- Outdoor play and running through bushes – Your pet’s coat may pick up bits and pieces from the garden. A small twig may get trapped in the coat and this can form a knot
How do you prevent matts forming in your pet’s coat?
- Regular brushing – If you are unable to stay on top of regular brushing and you prefer to keep your pet’s coat long, then you may need to visit the grooming salon more often.
- Regular professional grooming
- Keep your pet’s coat short
- Use a hairdryer on your pet after it gets wet and brush thoroughly (ensure you do not overheat your pet)
- If you shampoo your pet at home, use a conditioner (animal-grade, not human – treatments are differently pH balanced). Make sure to rinse thoroughly so that the coat is squeaky clean.
Is there a problem if your pet is matted?
- Tight tangles of hair will pull against the skin. This is painful and your pet will be uncomfortable
- Serious matting is a dense layer of fur close to the skin. The skin doesn’t have a chance to breathe properly so the skin may become dry, flaky and itchy and cause your pet discomfort.
- Your pet may get uncomfortably hot especially in warmer weather.
- Matted hair can attract fleas and other nesting parasites that can make your pet ill.
- The knots may pull at the skin and create microscopic cuts. These can get infected and make your pet ill.
Why do we clip off serious matts?
- Brushing out is not an option. We must never knowingly inflict pain on an animal. Imagine trying to comb out tight dreadlocks from your scalp. It’s going to hurt.
- The pain may make your pet fearful of grooming for the rest of its life.
- Dematting sprays or conditioners are ineffective with serious matting.
- A neglected coat compromises the pets health and welfare. Unless treated the pet will continue to suffer and is at risk of illness.
Why are we charging you more if we are just clipping off?
- Clipping off serious matting risks nicking the skin. We therefore have to take extra time to prevent this from happening.
- The clipping of matted coats causes additional ware and tare to our equipment, costing us more in maintenance e.g. sharpening of blades.
- Customers who come regularly ensuring their pet’s coat is kept on top form will pay less and have happier pets.
Are there risks with clipping off?
- Yes – sometimes matting is so dense it is difficult to see where the skin stops and the coat starts. We may therefore nick the skin with the clippers. Unfortunately, this is a necessary risk in order to relieve the animal of serious matts to improve its health and wellbeing.
- Clipper irritation – The skin may react with a red angry rash. This is beyond our control but should clear up in a few days. If it persists, you should take your pet to see a vet who may be able to provide an anti inflammatory.
- Clipper burn – Clipper blades can get hot during grooming, especially the intense grooming that is required when clipping out dense matts. We will stay mindful and try our best to make sure this doesn’t happen.
- Rash and skin conditions – Ridding the coat of mats may reveal underlying conditions such as dry, flaky skin or rash. These have gone undetected because you have been unable to see though the thick knots to the skin. You should always be able to part your pet’s hair to the skin and see that is is healthy.
- Hotspots – A Pet that feels the relief of having its coat shaved may scratch themselves to the point of breaking the skin, which may then get infected if left unchecked. This is a hotspot. Keep an eye on your pet to make sure this doesn’t happen. A serious hotspot will need veterinary attention.