Why care about mats?
- Since mats rest tightly on the skin, they often hide pre-existing conditions. Shaving them can cause or reveal injuries such a inflamation, infections, restricted movement, and blood circulation problems.
- Importantly, mats on ears restrict blood flow so they can cause hematomas. Removing mats can trigger a sudden rush of blood to the ears. Thus, bleeding can occur: typically at the tips of the ears.
Why do mats have to be removed with clippers?
- Mats are removed with clippers because it is usually the safest option.
- Brushing mats out could be painful and cutting them out with scissors is usually avoided because the skin could be cut.
How to prevent mats?
- Remember to comb your pet prior to a bath or swim; especially if he or she is a long-haired breed.
- Visit your groomer at least every six to eight weeks if you have a breed that requires a haircut.
- Remember you can always schedule a comb out for your pet in between grooms.
How to brush?
- Gently brush with a metal comb and make sure the comb touches the skin: not just the top layer of fur.
- Remember to comb your pet’s entire body including the tail, inside and outside of his or her legs, and the entire outside of the ear (including behind it).