Matting Madness: The health risks it poses for your dog
Your dog was sold to you as low maintenance right? But you’ve slowly realized it costs more than your hair and you have RSI in your hand from brushing?! We’re here to tell you why your low bank balance and sore wrist is all worth it.
Matting in dog fur can be a serious issue that can cause discomfort and pain for your dog if left unattended.
1. Skin irritation and infection. The matted fur pulls on the skin, causing discomfort and even pain. This irritation can lead to inflammation and infection, which can be very painful for the dog. In addition, the matted fur can trap dirt, debris, and bacteria, making the skin even more vulnerable to infection.
2. Restricted movement. Matting can cause the fur to become so tangled that it restricts the dog's movement. This can make it difficult for the dog to walk, run, or even lie down comfortably. Over time, the restriction of movement can lead to muscle atrophy and other health issues. Have you ever noticed the increased amount of zoomies when your dog returns from the groomer? They are literally shouting “I’M FREEEE!”
3. Parasites. Matted fur can provide a breeding ground for fleas, ticks, and other parasites. These parasites can cause skin irritation, anemia, and even transmit serious diseases to the dog.
4. Lack of circulation. In cases of severe matting, once the fur is taken off bruising and blood can appear on the dogs skin. This is the blood returning to the area.
5. Psychological distress. Dogs with matted fur may feel uncomfortable and stressed. This can lead to behavioral issues, such as anxiety, aggression, and depression. Not to mention if grooms are left too long, the more uncomfortable the grooming experience may be - resulting in a dog that hates going to get groomed.
If you take your dog into a groomer with severe matting, your groomer may ask you to sign a waiver and this is totally normal. This means your groomer is going to do their very best for your dog by taking all of it’s matting off and making sure they leave comfortable.
g’oodles tip: Book your next grooming appointment then and there!