Have you ever been told by a groomer that he has to shave down your dog because it has matted fur?
Let me explain why a “shave down” is suggested instead of a *dematting session.
*Refers to the action of removing the matts on the dog using certain tools to “cut” up the tangles before combing them out. Mat is defined as “A densely woven or thickly tangled mass: a mat of hair.”
1. We do not want your dog to endure any pain and discomfort.
Even with the gentlest of hands, the dog undergoing dematting session feels a certain level of pain and discomfort. During dematting sessions, we slide the cutting tools between the skin and the matts and “saw” the matts up into smaller pieces before using a comb to remove them. For some dogs(esp. the smaller breeds, puppies, elderly dogs), their pain tolerance is unimaginably low and a little tug on their skin causes them to scream/struggle/bite.
2. We do not want your dogs to undergo grooming for a prolonged period.
Dematting takes up alot of time depending on the severity of the matts.
3. We want you to save $.
There are charges applicable for dematting services and for Bubbly Petz, it starts from $20 onwards.
For me, i will firstly examine the severity of the matts on the dog before making a recommendation. Depending on the different areas where the matts are more severe i might recommend different styles of groom for the doggie. At the same time we make sure we inform our clients on the reasons above of shaving down in times of need.
We will never recommend our clients to leave the matts on the dogs as moisture and dirt gets trapped easily inside, becoming an ideal bacteria breeding ground. Over time the bacteria breaks through the skin, leading to skin infections.