Does Fluffy’s coat seem to be perpetually matted? Are you constantly spending more money at the groomer for a complete brush out? Here’s a tip that’s essential to keeping your pet’s coat knot-free.
Mat prevention starts with a clean, DRY coat. A damp undercoat can cause the hair to twist up, especially if Fluffy decides to lie down or curl up after bath time. Wet dogs mat quicker, have larger mats, and can suffer from hot spots and sores. It’s very important to dry, dry, dry, before brushing or allowing your pet to lie down. Drying the undercoat will help prevent mats from occurring and will also prevent that “wet dog” smell from sticking to the coat.
If possible, wash your pet with a moisturizing shampoo (I recommend Takhari’s Aloe Sensation!) and towel dry after a good rinse. Try and gently squeeze the water out of the hair, and “rough” out any soaked spots. If possible, blow dry your pet with a hairdryer on the lowest setting with the lowest heat possible. Pet dryers are also a good solution should you not have a hairdryer at home; anything to get that coat completely dry will help in the prevention of mats!
Take the time to dry that coat! Not only will it keep Fluffy mat- free, but it will also save you time and money at the groomers!