- Matts can lead to skin irritation caused by dirt, dander, and bodily fluids trapped under the matted hair.
- Matts can harbor more parasites such as fleas and ticks.
- As matts get tighter, they can lead to skin irritation and in severe cases result in hair being pulled from the skin causing pain and bald spots.
It is not uncommon to find pre-existing conditions such as hot spots, sores, and other skin issues once the matted coat is removed. There is also a chance that your pet’s skin may become irritated from being clipped close to the skin. It may become necessary to use sun block if your pet will be in the sun for extended periods. Ear bruising (also called hematomas) due to excessive head shaking after removal of matts can occur. To reduce any skin irritations we will bath your pet using shampoos for sensitive skin. However, Michael’s Barkery shall not be held liable for any after-grooming effects from a dematting procedure including but not limited to: itchiness, skin redness or self-inflicted irritations/abrasions from excessive external rubbing. If matting is too severe, Michael’s Barkery reserves the right to refuse grooming services or to stop grooming services at any time and recommends taking your pet to a Vet that has the proper equipment for a shave down. This is for the overall health and safety of your pet.
The best way to avoid matts is for your pet to receive regular, professional grooming services.