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What is matting and how is it harmful to your pet?
This two dogs were severely matted and had to be shaved down very
short. You can see how matted hair comes out in one big piece.
Matting is a clumping together of your pets’ hair. It can be a minor to
severe condition that is not only painful but also unhealthy for your
pet. The question you have to ask yourself is would you walk around
with un brushed, tangled and knotted hair? Most would answer no to
this question. Imagine your head and most sensitive areas of your
body having tight knots of your hair right to your skin and think of how
it would feel every time you move, even the slightest bit. A pretty
painful thought, huh? Well, your pets don’t like it either. Especially with
your pets that have a longer coat, it is SO IMPORTANT to brush/comb
their coats down to the skin, while being careful not to brush/comb too
hard and irritate the skin, preferably on a daily basis and just as you
would do to your own hair. Even the shorter haired breeds benefit
from regular brushing, it helps stimulate the skin, spread coat oils and
removes dead or loose hairs. Once they become accustomed to this
regular routine and learn that it is a pleasant process, they should
start to welcome the one on one time with you. It is worth the extra
effort to spare your pet the undue stress of a matted coat, and they
will thank you for it as well as you will have a much cuter and healthier
How do you tell if your pet is matted?
One simple tell tale sign, can you take a stiff metal comb, such as a
greyhound comb with a fine or medium width and comb to the skin
through out your pet's ENTIRE coat? If you can’t, you most likely have
a matted pet, and it needs to be resolved as soon as possible for your
pets’ optimum health and comfort.
What happens to a matted pet?
Mats are like a diaper, they lie next to the skin and soak up moisture.
Matting can tighten, pull the irritated skin and in severe cases cause
lesions. If your dog is covered with matting, you also might not catch
new cancer spots, moles, tumors, swellings, ticks and fleas. Did you
know that mats are frequently referred to as “Flea Motels?” Yes,
that’s right, those little buggers LOVE a matted dog! Severely matted
coats have reduced air circulation and are missing the stimulation
from regular brushing. In extremely severe cases, the skin is so
damaged and unhealthy that the outer layer of skin “peels away” with
the coat. Veterinarian treatment should be the only option in extremely
What do you do once your pet is matted?
If it is just a sparse of loose matting, it might pull free at a light touch. If
you are experienced with scissors and are AWARE AT ALL TIMES
WHERE YOUR PETS’ SKIN is, you could cut them out; however, you
have to be careful as NOT TO CUT THE SKIN. If you accidentally cut
the skin, you are talking about a vet visit with potentially very high bills,
depending on the severity of the lesions, not to mention medication as
well in many cases. If you have any doubt as to what to do, PLEASE
take your pet to a professional groomer or vet to spare your pet of
even more potential stress and health problems. For a severely
matted case, the answer is simple, take your dog to the groomer or
vet for a shave down. It is time consuming, painful, and considered
cruel to do
anything other then a shave down in badly matted cases. Remember,
your pets’ hair will grow back. If you want to keep your pet in a longer
coat, you will need to start maintaining your pet’s coat on a regular
basis from this point on, as you should regardless of the length. If you
don’t have time to do maintenance, then you should, for your pets’s
well-being, keep them in a shorter coat at all times. Remember, when
a matted dog is shaved down, they will often come out down to the
skin and can become itchy/irritated from the experience. Hopefully,
you will have learned that this is not a nice experience for either one
of you and that this now somewhat silly looking; “naked” pet is not what
you want and you will not allow this to happen again. We are more
than happy to set up regular standing appointments to assist you in
maintaining your pet’s coat. Also, keep in mind that nails and ears, on
average, should be maintained on a monthly basis or more in some
cases. Even if you have set up regular appointments every 4-6 weeks,
this does not mean your homework stops; you still need to maintain
your pets’ coat, preferably on a daily basis, for your pets’ happiness
and health. Happy brushing and combing!!!
Spa Treatments For Pets? What Is It?
Facials take simple face washing to the
next level. That requires tear less soap
and detergent free formula that cleans,
brightens, and leaves your pet's face
smelling yummy! Facial Treatments
help reduce tear staining up to 80%
and hydrate the skin.
Hydro Massage Bath:
Hydro Massage Bath provides pet with a truly relaxing, muscle-tension
reducing experience. Variable water temperature and pressure helps your
pet to release tension and stress.
Healthy Coat Conditioning Treatment:
Applying conditioner to the coat and skin is critical in the long term health of
the coat and will benefit skin as well. Proper conditioning prevents static
electricity and moisture loss which are major contributors to matting and
hair breakage. It is great for pets who have dry and itchy skin due to
Color Enhancing Shampoos:
Color enhancing formulas will prevent yellowing and stains. They will
enhance coat color and provide UV protection to prevent fading.
A pawdicure includes soothing paw soak,
nail trimming and filing, paw rub/massage
with pad moisturizing balm, nail polish or
This provides a soothing experience that
may help a dog feel more relaxed about
Regular Teeth brushing is recommended at
every grooming appointment. In addition to
toothpaste we use Clean Teeth Gel that
works fast and naturally helps reduce plaque
and tartar. A proprietary blend of natural,
holistic ingredients produce a healthy oral
environment. Kills the germs that cause bad
breath, plaque and gingivitis. Soothes minor
Aromatherapy works with pets on multiple
levels: physically, emotionally, conditionally,
evolutionary and spiritually. We use scents
that have calming and relaxing effect for pets,
enhancing their spa experience.
What is Shedding? How can I reduce shedding?
Shedding is a natural process and cannot be completely eliminated.Our goal
is to reduce and control the shedding. Your pet's undercoat can become a
dense mess of loose dead hair and be the major source of shedding.
We use all-natural de-Shedding shampoo that helps to remove that hair.
Then we use different tools including Furminator to brush the hair out. After
that we do carding and use shed-vac to finish the treatment. Shed reduction
treatment is even more effective with regular treatments performed every 4
to 6 weeks.
Brushing your dog several times a week can help reduce shedding and
keep it under control along with regular professional shed reduction
treatments .Regular brushing will release and distribute natural oils from the
skin, producing a healthy, shiny coat.
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You get more than great grooming at Serenity Pet Spa!