Matted Coats


Matted Coats

Matted and excessive undercoats do not allow air to circulate to the skin and can cause a variety of health and skin problems such as hot spots, bacterial and fungal infections. Fleas, ticks and other parasites may be lurking in the coat causing further skin complaints. Please see first above picture, once this area had been clipped it revealed fly strike (maggots eating at the flesh). This dog was referred to the Veterinarian and made a full recovery as it was caught just in time.

Matted fur also pulls and binds at the skin causing pain and restricting your pets freedom of movement, much in the same way as a straight jacket.

Trying to save a coat that is severely matted by brushing will cause pain and unnecessary suffering to your pet, severely matted coats will require a short clip however with kind techniques excessive undercoat removal within reason and to the tolerance of your pet may be successful.

Please ask us and we will be more than happy to show you and advise the best equipment and techniques and frequency to use to correctly maintain your pets coat.

As stated due to the reasons above the skin layer under the matt/matts may be raw and inflamed and can be irritated by the clipping process. There is also a chance of the skin being nicked or cut due to the close proximity we have to work with the skin to remove the coat. We are extremely careful but accidents can happen and you need to give us written/signed permission to proceed.

Clipping Double Coats

Clipping double coated breeds such as Retrievers, Huskies, Labradors and Pomeranian’s etc as seen above can damage your pets coat and skin. Double coated breeds have a top coat and an undercoat. The topcoat is made of tough outer guard hairs, and each guard hair has between 7-14 undercoat hairs which are made up of very fine, fluffy hairs which lay close to the skin. These are highly efficient at trapping air and insulating the animal. This keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

I cannot stress enough that clipping double-coated breeds will NOT keep them cooler during the summer.

Unless your pets coat is so matted to the point that the kindest thing to do would be to clip or as stated below due to medical reasons or personal circumstance, the most effective type of grooming for these breeds is a de-shedding treatment. As seen above this treatment keeps the coat working correctly.

I cannot stress enough that clipping your double coated breed will not stop it from shedding and may increase the chance of sunburn from harmful UV rays.

You may have seen for example a Pomeranian with a short fuzzy, frizzy and patchy type coat that is very light in colour (this is called coat funk). This has been caused by clipping, with some tender loving care over a period of a year or more it may be possible to correct but very rarely.

However, the clipping of double coated breeds is sometimes insisted upon due to medical and personal reasons and you may wish to continue to choose to have your pet clipped short. If this is the case, please note we will need you to sign a disclaimer.