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Reason Why I Don't Demat

Most likely areas are:

Around ears, under armpits, high friction areas, if you wear clothes/ collar / harness.

If you bath pup or pup gets wet & you don't brush & comb while pup is drying.

The difference between a

matted & pelted coat - click


I No longer accept dogs that are Pelted or dogs covered in feces or urine

It is a pet owner’s responsibility to brush/comb and maintain their pets coat between grooming. When a pet becomes matted it is necessary to remove the hair on the matted pet.

Matting on your pet can be difficult to remove and will require extreme care and extra grooming time. The groomer must use whatever blade will safely cut between the matted coat and your pet's skin, giving the groomer no choice in the length of hair left on my pet. The skin can be twisted up in the matts which can cause nicks & cuts.

Matting may have already caused your pets skin to be raw and cracked from trapped moisture and urine causing fungus and bacteria to grow. Once the matted coat is removed your pet may have sores, hot spots and skin irritations, etc. maybe found. In extreme cases, maggots may be found in open sores.

There may be after effects from the removal of a matted coat, such as, but not limited to;

Matted/Pelted fur can often harbor lice


Sunburn do to an extremely close cut

Excessive licking and scratching after the pet is shaved

After effects of mat removal the dog may have itchiness, skin redness, self-inflicted irritations or abrasions and failure of hair to re-grow.

“Coat Funk”- the coat not growing back in the same texture and or color prior to shaving.

Bald patches, chance of sunburn.

Hyper pigmentation of the skin Darkening of the skin where the coat has not grown back.

The dog has a chance of ear Hematomas once the matted fur is removed.

Removing a heavily matted coat includes risks of nicks, cuts or abrasions due to warts, moles, or skin folds trapped in the mats.

Coat re-growth in different direction (cowlick’s)

I am aware that these procedures may have unpleasant consequences such as clipper burn, brush burn, nick or cuts.

I will only shave down the dog once due to being heavily matted; if the dog comes in again heavily matted I will ask you to go to another groomer. I do not tolerate neglect.

Shelly's Little Dog Grooming

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