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Hey there, fur-parents! We’ve all been there – those frustrating moments when our furry companions’ hair seems to transform into a tangled mess that’s more dreadlocks than doggo. But fear not! In this guide on removing matted dog hair, we’re diving into the world of matted dog hair – what causes it, how to prevent it, and most importantly, how to rid those pesky tangles goodbye. Get ready to unleash a smoother, shinier coat for your four-legged friend, and say hello to a happier grooming experience for both of you. Let’s get started on demystifying the art of untangling!

Hair Matt?

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You know that mess of hair you sometimes find on your furry buddy? Yeah, that’s matting. It’s like a hair tangle party, and long-haired pets, especially during shedding season, are the VIP guests. Mats start small, like a little hair knot, but if you leave them alone, they can grow into these big, tough clumps. And guess what? These matted dog hairs can hurt your pup if not cared for. Sometimes, yanking them out means pulling on their skin, and that’s a no-no.

Oh, and by the way, ignoring mats can lead to some severe health problems. Think about it: if your pup’s coat isn’t able to breathe, it feels like there’s no proper airflow, or if their blood isn’t flowing right because of all those tangles, that’s a big issue. And if those mats start looking pink or red or begin to smell funky, it’s time to dial up your vet. That could mean an infection is crashing the party, and that’s a job for the experts.

Where Exactly Do These Mats Show Up?

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Mats can appear on a dog’s coat in different spots on their fur, but they tend to pop up more where their fur is long. Think behind their ears, backside, tummy, and nooks under their arms and legs.

Causes of Matts in Dogs

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Mats can pop up for a bunch of reasons, like:

  • Lack of Grooming: Not giving your furry friend regular brush-downs lets loose hair stick around and form mats.
  • Wet or Dirty Fur: If your pup’s fur gets wet or muddy, it’s more likely to get all tangled up and form mats.
  • Pesky Fleas or Skin Issues: When dogs deal with fleas or skin troubles, they tend to scratch a lot, and scratching can lead to mats.
  • Allergies Acting Up: Allergic pups might lick or scratch their fur more, causing mats to sneak in.
  • Health Hiccups: Some health problems, like arthritis, can make grooming tricky, leaving room for mats to take over.

Mats aren’t just uncomfortable – they can also cause skin infections. So, if you spot mats building up on your dog’s fur, get that brush out pronto. If the mats are stubborn, a trip to the groomer might be in order.

Corded Dogs

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So, a few dog breeds out there have coats meant to be all corded. It’s like their fur is carefully taken care of to create these cool dreadlock-like strands. This might seem similar to regular matted dog hair, but it’s different. These cords are looked after and trimmed to prevent mats, keep the dog comfy, and avoid skin problems.

You’ll usually spot this coat on breeds like the Puli, Komondor, and Bergamasco shepherd. People often affectionately call them Mop dogs. Keeping their fur all corded like this helps them blend in while they’re out there guarding and herding livestock.

Oh, and don’t be too surprised if you stumble upon a poodle or Havanese with a corded coat – sometimes, it’s done to jazz up their appearance for shows. But here’s the thing: corded coats aren’t for your everyday dog owner. They need care and skill to ensure those cords are formed correctly and do not become uncomfortable mats.

How to Get Mats Out of Dog Hair

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First! Grab your gear – you’ll need a detangling brush, slicker brush, mat breaker, scissors, and detangling spray. Have a towel and treats on standby to keep things chill for your furry buddy. Comb your pet dog using a detangling brush to loosen those mats. If you’re dealing with small mats, your fingers might do the trick, but let the mat breaker do its thing for the bigger ones or severe cases that are playing hard to get. Be gentle as you work through the mats, ensuring you’re not touching your dog’s skin. If a mat is stubborn, don’t hesitate to snip it out with the scissors – just be careful!

Once you’ve triumphed over the mats, bring in the slicker brush to make the area pleasant and smooth. Finish off by giving the area a spritz with detangling spray to ward off future mats. High five – your pup is looking fab again! And, of course, reward the both of you with a treat – well-deserved.

Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Fur From Getting Tangled

Check out these tips to prevent your dog’s fur from turning into a tangled mess of matted dog hair.

Give Your Dog’s Coat a Good Brushing on the Regular

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Regular and thorough combing and brushing is the key to preventing your dog’s coat from turning into a mess of matted hair. How often you should pick up that brush depends on your pup’s fur type and whether they’re in the midst of a “Shedding season” (when their fur goes from thin summer fluff to thick winter warmth or vice versa). If your furry friend has long hair, curly coats, or their fur is on the finer side, you’ll want to give that brush some action more often – maybe even daily. But for other coat types, once a week might do the trick.

Let’s talk about an everyday goof folks make when brushing their dog’s fur. Brushing the top layer might feel right but can worsen those matted dog hair tangles. If you focus only on the surface, you push the loose fur and knots closer to their skin. No bueno. The trick here is to use the right brush for your pup’s coat type, like the soft bristle brush. Think undercoat rake for those double-coated furballs or a rotating pin comb or slicker brush for those solo-layered curls. Make sure you brush it properly.

Oh, and remember that nifty detangling spray for maintaining a healthy coat. It can work wonders, especially for long-haired, tangle-prone pups. After bath time, spritz a little of that magic on their damp fur before drying, or give their dry fur a light spritz before brushing it through to keep their coat healthy and tangle-free.

Give Your Dog a Bath Whenever It’s Necessary

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Too much bathing can dry out their fur and increase the chances of it getting all tangled up. But hey, if your furry buddy decides to roll around in the dirt or mud, a bath is definitely in the cards. And make sure to Keep Your Dog’s Nails Nice and Short. When your pup’s nails are too long, they can get caught in those mats, making things even messier.

Give Your Dog’s Fur a Neat Trim to Keep It on the Shorter Side

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Here’s another approach to get rid of those pesky matted dog hair. Give your pup’s coat a nice, short trim to remove mats. It keeps things manageable, and brushing becomes a breeze, too.   Now, quick heads-up: this shorter style is best suited for dogs with single-layer coats. If your furry friend’s rocking a double-coated look – think of breeds like Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, and Corgis. Shaving isn’t the way unless your vet nods for medical reasons.

You might think that giving your double-coated buddy a close shave will help them stay cooler in hot weather, but it does the opposite! Shaving off their outer coat exposes their skin and puts them at risk of sunburn and skin cancer. That outer coat is like their built-in air conditioner and sunblock. So, instead of shaving, an excellent brush-down to shed that undercoat fur is the real deal for keeping your double-coated pal cool and comfy.

When Your Dog Isn’t Using Their Harness, Make Sure to Take It Off

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Mats tend to pop up under your dog’s collar or where their harness sits on their chest and armpits, making them uncomfortable. So, take off that harness when they’re not strolling on a leash. And hey, think about swapping out the regular flat collar for a rolled leather one – it’s like a tangle shield for their neck, ensuring your dog feels comfy and knot-free.

Regular Appointments With Professional Groomers

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Certain breeds and their mixes, which fall into higher maintenance coats, need serious care to steer clear of those tangles. Think poodles, doodle-mixes. Their delicate fur is prone to mat and can turn into a matting mess in the blink of an eye, especially if it gets a bit wet. These maintenance appointments are your golden ticket. Pair them up with daily brush sessions to keep mats at bay. We’d say book a full grooming and haircut session every 6 to 8 weeks for those breeds with higher maintenance coats – that’s the secret to keeping their fur in shipshape.

Preventing Mats: Other Tips

  • Start brushing your dog when they are a puppy so they get used to it.
  • Be gentle when brushing, especially if your dog has sensitive skin.
  • Brush in the direction of hair growth.
  • Start atop your dog’s head and work your way down.
  • Pay special attention to areas where mats are likely to form, such as the armpits, behind the ears, and under the collar.
  • If you find a mat, loosen it with your fingers before brushing it out.
  • If the mat is too tight to brush, take your dog to the groomer.


And there you have it, folks! Wrangling those pesky mats from your dog’s hair doesn’t have to be a hair-raising experience. We’ve covered the ins and outs of battling tangles, from understanding what those mats are all about to the sneaky places they like to pop up and even how to rescue your pup’s fur from those knots heroically. So now, armed with the know-how to prevent and conquer mats, you and your furball can stride confidently into a future of smoother grooming sessions. Your four-legged friend will express their gratitude for the additional care and affection. Enjoy a joyful grooming experience!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do groomers get rid of matted fur?

When groomers see matted fur on a dog, they first figure out how bad it is. They use sprays to soften the tangles and have special tools to untangle the fur gently. Starting from the edges, they work to make the fur smooth again. If the mats are really tight, they might need to carefully cut them out with scissors. Groomers also know how to keep the dog calm and happy during this process.

After the mats are gone, they make sure the fur looks nice. They give tips on how to stop more tangles in the future. Sometimes, if the mats are too big, they might suggest shaving the dog’s fur to help. The main thing is to make sure the dog is comfy and happy!

Is matted hair painful for dogs?
How do you cut severely matted dog hair?

When cutting severely matted dog hair, gently use scissors to carefully trim the mats, staying close to the skin.

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