Allowing Jack to get to the point where he has significant mats in his hair can be bad not only for his hair but for his health as well. When the mats become large enough, they can provide a home where bacteria and other forms of dirt and debris can hide. This can lead to sore spots and serious infections as the mats rub against Jack's skin. On top of all this, once the mats become large enough, they can become very uncomfortable when Jack tries to move or lay down. Long-haired dogs tend to be more prone to mats than shorter-haired dogs. The best way to deal with mats is to untangle them as quickly as possible once you notice them.
Unless the mats are making Jack uncomfortable when he tries to lay down or are so bad they pull on his skin when he moves, chances are good he won't even notice them. One thing you can count on though is that when the time comes for you to remove them, he is going to let you know just how much he hates any form of grooming. Keep in mind, you need to take your time and go very slowly so that you don't cause Jack any excessive amounts of pain as you work to remove the mats.
Not only does a dog like Jack tend to not look his best when he's matted, but leaving them to grow in his fur can lead to serious skin health issues. Keep in mind that Jack is not likely to enjoy this process. Be sure to use the right tools and give him a few treats along the way. Regular grooming will help keep the mats from forming in the first place.
I have managed to get body mats under control by cutting and regular grooming. However, she has several mats on her legs, which she clearly does not want me to get near with the scissors. I believe she may bite if I try and continue on her legs out of fear I will cut them. She shows her irritation clearly. I have been very careful not to cut her body.
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Hello, my dog has a few mats on his chest/belly,ear, butt region, and couple on his legs. A local groomer suggest shaving him completely, however its winter time and im worried about him becoming cold. I need you help knowing if there is another way to get the mats out. Thank you.
Thank you for the question. If Truffle's mats have the potential to get bigger and brushing or cutting them out is not an option, shaving them may be your only choice. If this is the case, get Truffle a sweater or jacket to ensure he is warm. From now on, brush him twice a week to prevent more mats from occurring. Have your groomer or vet recommend a detangling/finishing spray to keep new mats from forming. Good luck!
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Kebbi was very matted as I have been sick for some time and have not been able to keep up with her brushing. I used a creme rinse. A lot of creme rinse. I used one of those aluminum(?) combs and took sections at a time. What really helped, was having a large container of warm water. Then, after covering with a lot more of the creme rinse, I would dip the comb in the water and run the comb through a section at a time. I just kept adding more creme rinse and more water. Then, I washed Kebbi three times just to be certain that I got all of the creme rinse out. It worked!!