When a dog is brought to us in a severely matted condition, it is our policy to shave the whole coat using electric clippers with a close blade. We groom HUMANELY. De-matting would cause the dog tremendous stress and discomfort, often leaving a very thinned & damaged coat. Shaving the coat is quicker and gentler on the dog. Many dogs are traumatised by unnecessary hours of de-matting, putting them off grooming for life. We consider shaving an act of kindness.
A SEVERELY MATTED DOG CAN SUFFER MANY CONDITIONS
- Hotspots & sores
- Fungal & bacterial infections
- Yeast infection
- Flea infestation
- Moist eczema
- Mites & lice
- Maggot infestation
- Eye & ear infection
- Severe itching
Once the coat is removed, the skin can be red due to the lack of air circulation and dirt that has accumulated underneath. Occasionally, there are sores, these may need veterinary treatment. Dogs tend to scratch and rub their skin after the shaving, this is normal, however some dogs can over scratch and this may lead to broken skin. If you are in doubt, please consult your vet.
Dogs feel different after shaving, lighter, off balance and cooler, most are glad to have freedom of movement again, and are full of life. Others seem to take it quite personally that they are bald; they hide for days. The skin will feel like suede and depending on the colour of your dog, can be quite pink. Regardless of how your pet will look, he will feel better.
Book your next appointment regularly. Advance booking ensures you get appointments at regular intervals at times that suits you. Your dog will always look and feel good keeping the coat and skin in healthy condition. Do not wait until they are matted again.
Now is also the best time to start a home grooming routine, the coat is short and manageable, begin gently stroking over the dog, make the grooming session pleasurable for owner & dog. After each short session, give a small reward, as the coat begins to grow progress to using a soft brush then a comb. If bathing your dog ALWAYS brush & comb the coat before, and again after bathing. If you do not have time to groom your dog at home, consider having him professionally groomed more regularly.
Thank you for understanding that we put your dog`s welfare at first, that we want their grooming experience to be positive and non-stressful. We cannot justify hours of torture for the sake of good looks.
Their coat will grow back (quicker than you will think) their skin will benefit from the better air circulation, but most of all YOUR DOG WILL BE HAPPIER.