Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!
Brushing your dog or cat regularly will help to prevent knots and mats from forming, and professional grooming sessions will also ensure that your pet's fur does not become matted. Things do not always go according to plan though, and you may have to ask your groomer to deal with a knotted or matted coat.
It is important that these tangles are dealt with, as they can be painful and harmful to your pet. A matted coat can pull on the skin and cause bruising and can also pull the hairs out by the roots. It can also cause your pet to bite itself as it tries to deal with the itching.
In order to remedy the situation, your groomer will first assess the severity of the situation. A few knots may not be much of a problem, and the groomer will be able simply to brush them out or cut out a few lumps of fur. This will leave most of the coat intact and may not be noticeable.
With a very matted coat, however, it may be necessary for the groomer to clip some or even all of your pet's coat. As the groomer will need to cut the hair from beneath the matt, this will shear off the fur and leave the skin exposed. Although this may not look attractive, it will not be uncomfortable for your pet—on the contrary, they will immediately feel better and may behave in a more affectionate and appreciative manner. In any case, the hair will grow back again quickly.
Although this is a perfectly safe procedure, there is a possibility that your pet may come out in a rash from the clippers. Your groomer will advise you on how to care for your pet if this is the case. There is also a small possibility of bleeding if the matting is removed from the head or the ears. This is because the blood vessels have been restricted by the matting, and the sudden removal of this restriction can cause your pet to start vigorously shaking its head. Again, this should not be a serious problem, and your groomer will give you advice on how to manage the problem.
Removing knots and mats is just one of the ways in which a pet groomer can improve the well-being and health of your cat or dog, as well as its appearance. Just make an appointment today to keep your pet in top condition.
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