While we have solutions to the tangled / matted pet, please keep in mind that it always takes longer to groom a tangled pet than it does to groom a regularly brushed pet. If your pet needs some special attention in order to look and feel their best, please allow additional time for their cut and style.
Many people believe that when a pet is matted or heavily tangled the only solution is to shave them naked and start over. While sometimes this is the case, we like to try a couple of other things first.
Sunny Dawn House Call Pet Grooming offers several options for helping your tangled or matted pet feel and look better.
The first step to helping your pet look and feel good is bathing them using our recirculating bather. A recirculating bather is essentially a water pump that allows us to bathe your pet with a shower attachment using shampoo and water already mixed together. The shower attachment allows us to apply the shampoo through the tangles or mats to the skin without causing any discomfort. The benefit of thoroughly washing the tangles is that by removing the dirt from the tangles, it causes the tangles to loosen.
Next we rinse your pet thoroughly with fresh water, removing all the shampoo and dirt from your pets coat.
After rinsing your pet we use the recirculating bather to apply a leave in conditioner. Using the bather we are able to condition your pets coat through the tangles or mats all the way to the skin. This final conditioning rinse further loosens the tangles on your pets coat.
De Tangling / De Matting
After bathing your pet, we are then able to tell if detangling is an option. Most of the time detangling a pets coat is not viable because the process can cause discomfort to the pet or can take longer than a pet would comfortably tolerate .
Occasionally, the bath and conditioner will loosen the coat enough that it can be easily brushed out using a detangling slicker brush and a high velocity dryer (a no heat dryer that dries your pet using fast moving air - very much like a reverse vacuum cleaner).
Trimming to a Fluffy Pet Coat
If your pet is only moderately tangled, we can usually loosen the tangles further with the high velocity dryer, which when used appropriately can literally blow the conditioned tangles far enough away from your pets skin that we can leave a traditional fluffy pet length of over 1/2 inch to 1 inch all over. The fluffy pet length is achieved by using guard combs and scissoring. Because guard combs do not get hot, we do not have to worry about clipper burn
Sometimes even though tangles are loosened by the bathing process, they are still too close to the body to be able to achieve a Fluffy Pet Trim without causing undue discomfort to your pet. Don't worry, we can usually save some length.
By shaving your pet while wet we can often use a longer blade length and many times can leave up to 1/2 inch of hair.
The benefits of wet shaving are two-fold. The first benefit is when we trim the hair while it is wet we are able to leave it longer than if we were to dry the hair first.
The most important benefit of wet shaving is the water in your pets coat keeps the clipper blades from becoming hot. Making this a safer solution than shaving your pet before the bath.
Attractive and safer? What could be better?
(Besides brushing today instead of tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow....oops)
For more information about the benefits of House Call Pet Grooming in the Sarasota County or Manatee County please call Sunny Dawn House Call Pet Grooming 941-301-8543.