Matting Matters

Does it ever feel like massive tangles appear on your dog overnight? Although it takes time and effort to manage matting, it’s important to keep  your dog’s coat healthy and brushed out. Matting does more than just make your dog look scraggly, it can also cause health problems and extreme discomfort. Check out these 4 reasons why matting matters.

1. A matted coat is the home of grossness.

You may have heard the nursery rhyme:

“There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”

limerick291110_scr1There won’t be anything as big as an owl living in your dog’s coat, but other, more disgusting things might. Bugs, larvae, maggots, fleas, and fungi all love the dark, wet environments that matted coats (or beards!) provide. Leaves, burs, and feces can also become embedded in the hair and irritate the skin. Not only will brushing regularly prevent the matting from occurring, it will also give you a
chance to examine your dog thoroughly and remove any unwanted visitors before they settle in and “build their nests.”

2. A matted coat can lead to skin problems.

The moist environment produced by matted hair is the perfect place for fungal, yeast, and bacterial infections. Even without these infections, the hair and skin can simply start to rot due to being constantly damp. Extreme matting can also cut off the blood supply to extremities and prevent regular air circulation. This causes unhealthy skin and can result in painful soars that emit a less-than-pleasant odor. To put it simply, a matted coat usually means unhealthy skin.

3. A matted coat can cause an unpleasant grooming experience.

If your dog’s coat is matted and you don’t want him shaved, it will mean a lot of brushing at the snarls. This can be uncomfortable and even painful for dogs. If they already tend toward nervousness during grooms it can increase their anxiety when they come in the next time. Many groomers will also charge an additional fee for the extra time it takes.

If your dog’s matting isn’t able to be brushed out, it may have to be shaved. Even this can be unpleasant for your dog. When matted hair is removed blood will rush back to the area and can cause irritation to the skin. Not too fun.

4. A matted coat may result in shaving.11746314-vector-sketch-dog-schnauzer-breed-hand-drawing-vector

As mentioned above, there are often times where the only way to remove matted coat is by shaving it off. That means your dog will either have random short patches, or a full-body buzz cut. This can be a shock to owners, especially
if they like their dog’s coat long and luscious. So not only is coat care important for your dog’s health and comfort, it’s also critical for keeping him looking good.

 

Now that you know that it’s important to prevent your dog’s coat from matting, the obvious question is how? First of all, get your dog groomed regularly. Groomers are experts at finding and eliminating those sneaky tangles.  Beyond grooming, brush your dog frequently at home to prevent matting from developing.   If you want more information on how brush your dog, come to Ollu’s free brushing clinic on Friday, 1/21. Click here for more information or to RSVP.

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