When Dozer's ears are full of mats, they are not only unsightly, but the mats can be bad for his health. Any breed with floppy ears and long hair is likely to end up with mats at some point in time, no matter how often you brush them. Although it is possible for Dozer to get ear mats as part of his normal life, more frequently, the mats are the result of another issue. This could be from frequent scratching due to fleas or an infestation of ear mites, lack of regular grooming, or certain food allergies. Mats can be difficult to get out of fur, especially if they're particularly large. Trying to brush or untangle them with your fingers can lead to unnecessary pulling and tugging, so it's important to know the alternative methods to getting rid of mats. This includes the process of shaving the ears down.
Even Dozer doesn’t like it when his ears become all knotted up. Not only do the flaps not move around properly, but they can be very uncomfortable to sleep on. At the same time, the mats become the perfect place for mold to grow in the sweat that will build up, for fleas to nest, and for any number of other insects to lay their eggs. Heavily matted ears can also cause hematomas, or build up of blood, in the ears which can require extensive medical treatment. Overall, shaving the ears may just be the best course of action for Dozer's health.
Truth be told, if you keep up with regular grooming, you may have a few small tangles to deal with but you should rarely, if ever, have to deal with a major mat. Shaving them out can be challenging and time consuming, but Dozer is sure to appreciate when you are done. Make sure to keep an eye on Dozer's ears and give him regular checks to ensure that mats are caught before they can really form and cause a problem.