The need to remove matted hair is a necessity. When a coat becomes tangled beyond the ability to brush or comb through it, the most humane method is to shave off the matted hair. Shaving may seem severe, but it is the fastest and least stressful way to groom a matted pet.
Matted coats can cause the following problems:
*Skin irritation caused by dirt, dander, and parasites trapped under matted hair.
*Sores and hair loss: As mats get tighter, they eventually pull out of the skin, causing bald spots and sore skin. In severe cases, maggots can infest skin sores.
It is not uncommon to find preexisting conditions such as hot spots, sores, and other skin issues once the matted coat is removed. There is also a chance that your pet's skin may become irritated from being clipped so close. Ear bruising due to excessive head shaking after removal of mats can occur.
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