Mats are a real problem for owners of long-haired dogs. At the same time, they can appear not only due to a lack of care but also because of their excess. How to remove mats from a dog and prevent them from reoccurring?
If you notice that mats appear frequently in the dog, then first of all you should try to determine the cause of their appearance.
Why do mats appear?
Mats are formed by felting hairs that have already fallen out and growing wool. Therefore, improper care of the dog’s coat provokes their formation. Here are some of the common causes of fur matting:
No hairdryer was used after washing the dog. Naturally dry wool tends to form tangles: it fluffs and crumples.
While bathing, the owner rubbed the dog very diligently. It is worth remembering that under mechanical stress, dead hairs fall out, and thorough washing of the wool entangles them.
Clothes for dogs also contribute to the formation of tangles. Especially if it is made of rough fabric.
The dirty coat can speed up the matting process. The fat layer with which it is covered collects dust, dirt, and, of course, loose hair much faster.
Insufficient combing is one of the causes of this problem. So, if the owner does not comb out the coat and undercoat properly, it is likely that the dumped clumps will soon appear on the pet.
Most often, tangles form in the armpits, on the abdomen, groin, chest, and ears. In these places, the hairs are thinner and more prone to felting. In addition, tangles often appear in dogs with a thin coat and thick undercoat as a result of friction and static electricity.
How to get rid of tangles?
If you see tangles in your pet, do not rush to grab the scissors. Still, this is an extreme measure, because first, you can try to get rid of them with a more gentle method.
How to comb out tangles in a dog?
Bathe your pet. In the process of washing, some of the dead hair will be washed off by itself;
Dry your pet’s coat well, paying particular attention to the undercoat;
Comb your dog with special anti-mats products available from veterinary pharmacies and pet stores. This will make the brushing process less painful for the dog;
The remaining tangles are unlikely to be combed out, it remains only to carefully cut them off with scissors;
Carefully cut the mat in several places in the direction of hair growth and try to detangle it.
If the burdock became the culprit for the formation of mats, then, before removing the plant from the wool, it should be soaked by bathing the dog. This will make the unraveling process less painful.
Prevention of mats formation
Competent care is the main principle of fighting mats. Follow these simple rules for caring for your pet, and you will never have problems with matted and matted hair:
Wash your dog regularly, but avoid excessive exposure to the animal’s coat. There is no need to be zealous and actively massage the pet.
Use hygiene products – shampoo and conditioner should be made for animals.
Don’t forget to brush your dog! This is especially true for representatives of long-haired breeds. For example, a collie or cocker spaniel needs to be combed out almost every day. This is required not only in order to emphasize the beauty of the breed but also for hygienic purposes.
After combing, you can spray your pet with a spray against the formation of tangles – such products are made on the basis of natural ingredients, so they do not harm the animal’s hair.
Examine your dog closely for mats every week. It is much easier to untangle a fresh and small mug than an old and dense one.