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Dog Coat Care Cont...

The most common places matts start are:
*Behind the Ears.
*The neck where the collar sits.
*In the armpits and the crotch area.

A badly matted animal is actually a prisoner in its own hair.
Why did my pet become matted?
Quite simple. The pet’s coat has not been properly cared for. Many pet owners do not take the time to maintain their pets’ coats. Often they do not understand or have been advised how to properly comb and brush their pet. Combing and brushing needs to be done on a regular basis, and the pet should be taught from puppy hood to accept grooming as part of its daily routine. A dog or cat cannot brush himself or herself, and home care is a part of the responsibility one accepts when owning a companion animal.
What if I can't get the matts out?
If the matts are not brushed out before they become too tight to remove safely, they will eventually become an extreme health hazard to your pet. In the worst case, the matts can rip the skin. Wetting the pet will just make it worse, and the matts will weave tighter and pull harder on the skin. About the only humane way to remove matts at this stage is to have the pet shaved. Even then, the pet will be at risk from clipper irritation and possible nicks from the clipper blades as matts are usually very close to the skin. This is especially dangerous for cats and puppies. NEVER try to remove mats with scissors, as the skin can be easily cut open unintentionally. Fleas and ticks can hide under matted coats making their extermination almost impossible, if the matts cover the 'private' areas, urine and faeces will be pressed against the skin or stick in the coat, causing further irritation and possible infection and rotting of the coat and skin.
How can I keep my pet matt free?
The amount of coat care will depend on how much coat your pet has. Medium to long coats and those with more undercoat will require more attention than short coats. Even short coats need some kind of attention.

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