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Educational Tips & Tricks

Coat Care & Maintenance

Maintaining your dog's coat in between grooming appointments is crucial to your dog's overall health and wellness! Lack of brushing and combing can result in your dog's coat getting matted.


Matted coats can cause a variety of skin and health problems. Matted fur does not allow for air circulation to the skin, causing hot spots, bacterial and fungal infections. Mold, fleas, ticks, maggots and other parasites may be lurking in the coat causing further skin infections. Matted fur also pulls and binds, causing pain to your pet when they move or lay on the mats. The skin underneath is usually raw and inflamed. Matted coats also cannot be bathed or dried properly, leading to skin rot.

If your pet is extremely matted, your dog’s hair may need to be shaved to the skin and may show signs of skin irritations and sores. In order to "save" the coat of a dog that is matted, the required grooming sessions may be long, stressful, painful, and expensive (More than one grooming session may be required if your dog is severely matted)!

There is always a possibility your pets skin will become irritated or cut during the shaving process. The matted hair rests tightly against the skin and the only way of removing mats is to use a short blade to clip between the skin and mats. 

Soft Pin Curved Slicker Brush

A Slicker Brush is an essential tool for anyone who wants to keep their pet's coat looking and feeling its best.  Even better? Use one with coated pins to protect your pup's skin from "brush burn".

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