|Barked: Mon Jan 23, '12 3:05pm PST |
|I use a de-tangling, silicone spray prior to working on ANY coat. I prefer crown royal magic coat #3, as it can also be used as a GREAT finishing spray, as well as removing hairspray from poodles after a show. For different uses I just change the dilution proportions.
I start with a slicker brush, holding the matt in my other hand and brushing over my own hand so as not to irritate the dog's skin. After brushing it as loose as possible, I physically pull it apart with my fingers, again making sure I am holding only the matt so as not to pull the growing hair out. Finally, brush again and use the last two or three pins of a good, stainless steel comb to pick out the tiny knots left. With especially large or tight matts I will do the slicker brush then pulling with my fingers several times in sucession.
I also agree to dematt PRIOR to bathing. Matts will become felt if you don't.
Be especially careful scissoring out ANY matts. Do not EVER just hold the matt out and snip it off...chances are, there is skin in the middle of it!!! I was taught to NEVER close my scissors unless the blade cutting edges were facing AWAY from skin. You can gently poke the blade thru the matt, then turn it to face away from the skin, then cut. Even with that method, it is EXTREMELY easy to cut skin while cutting out matts. We have at least one dog coming in EVERY WEEK OR SO with owner cuts, usually behind the ears or on the soft skin under the elbows or on the inside thighs.
With owner grooms on cats nearly every single one has been cut, usually quite severely. Several have been bad enough to require sutures!
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