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mfbzoester asked:

05 Feb 2010

How do I get really bad mats out of my dog's hunches and neck?

I have Great Pyrs and they have long fur that gets matted easily. The thing is that that breed of dog isn't supposed to get groomed that often. So when I do groom them, it takes about 7 hours per dog. Is there any special way or tool to use that will make it go fast and less painfully for them?




fulltimepinklady says:

Posted on 05 Feb 2010

you gotta shear taht off and comb them everyday after that so it doesnt keep happening-teh matted hair can actually hurt the dogs skin


barbipixi says:

Posted on 05 Feb 2010

sorry dog groomer here.

what would hurt you more? tearing out mats that are big as rocks or shaving under them so you could start fresh?

there is a lil trick you can try. but always be careful with sizzors and MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE CUTTING

take a new pair of sizzors (they can even be dollar store ones) and hold them in the open position then slide the sizzor under the mats and use a sawing motion (not cutting) back and fourth sawing motion! outward from behind the mats. do as many as you like. then take a comb (metal prefered) and try and comb the broken mats out. this works well for longer hair like haunches but around the neck can be dangerous. i would LOVE for you to take him to at least get the neck shaved but you should be able to use that trick on the haunches. if it's not working then you'll have to get that shaved cause the matts will start to pull at the skin and he could get an infection even


mfbzoester says:

Posted on 05 Feb 2010

Yeah, I know it can. I keep on telling my mom that we have to shave their hunches and comb that as it grows back out and shave around their necks where their collars go as well. But she thinks they will look ugly if we shave their hunches. She just doesn't understand that lightly shaving it would be best because it's too painful for them to get it all brushed out. I'm going to have to talk her into letting me shave their hunches, leaving a length of about an inch or two on them, and then brushing or combing it there as much as possible after that. The problem is that we have eight of these guys. But at least only two of them gets bad matts, the rest of them can usually get brushed out in about two hours.


mfbzoester says:

Posted on 05 Feb 2010

I've actually done something very similar to that before. I told my mom what we need to do and she has agreed to let me do it. We have a dog shaver, I actually shaved one of the doggies once, leaving about 2 inches of fur one him because another person who goes to our vet has a Great Pyr as well and he shaves his, leaving the awesome tail unshaved of course. Our guy looked a little too funny though and the other kids thought their brother wasn't anything to be too afraid of anymore. So, I'm pretty experienced in the shaving department.

But I am going to try both the scissor thing and shaving on our Rufus today.


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