Lifetime suffering you didn’t realise was occurring.
This policy is applicable to all cats and dogs.
I groom humanely at Bubble Boutique and I abide by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and adhere to the following DeMatting Policy.
Unfortunately it is all too common to receive a dog in for grooming in a very matted condition.
Whilst the owner may think the dog is ok the mats are causing discomfort, pain and suffering to the poor dog daily which goes completely unnoticed.
When a dog is presented in a matted condition, it is my policy to shave the whole coat using electric clippers with a close blade.
To de-matt would cause the animal tremendous stress and discomfort. Shaving the coat is quicker and more gentle on the dog. Mats left in a pets coat only grow tighter and can strangle the skin. I consider a complete shave off an act of kindness.
When de-matting is necessary, removing heavily matted coats includes the risk of nicks, cuts or abrasions due to warts, moles or skin folds trapped in the mats. Heavy matting can also trap moisture near the pets skin allowing mould, fungus or bacteria to grow, causing skin irritations that existed prior to the grooming process that have been hidden from view.
A severely matted coat can suffer many conditions. Once the coat is removed, the skin can be red due to the lack of air circulation and dirt that has accumulated underneath. Occasionally there are sores or infection, this may need veterinary treatment as dogs tend to scratch and this can cause broken skin.
If you are at all concerned or in doubt, please speak to your vet.