When a dog arrives to my salon in a severely matted condition, it is my policy to shave the whole coat using electric clippers with a close blade. To de-matt would cause the animal tremendous stress and discomfort, often leaving a very thinned and damaged coat. Shaving the coat is quicker and more gentle on the animal. Many animals are traumatised by unnecessary hours of dematting, putting them off grooming for life.
I consider shaving an act of kindness - this will be discussed during your consultation.
A SEVERELY MATTED DOG CAN SUFFER MANY CONDITIONS:-
Hotspots & sores
Fungal & bacterial infections
Mites & lice
Urine & faeces scalding
Eye & ear infections
Once the coat is removed, the skin can be red due to the lack of air circulation and dirt that has accumulated underneath. Occasionally there are sores or infection, this may need vetinary treatment. Dogs tend to scratch and rub their skin after shaving - this is normal, however some can over scratch and this may lead to broken skin. If in doubt speak to your vet.
I will be more than happy to show you how to look after your dogs coat.
Please note: my normal grooming charge does not include dematting dogs, this may be charged for as an extra.