25 Jul How to prevent painful matting in dogs and cats
Brush and comb your dog regularly. Be sure that you can get a comb from the skin outward on all parts of the dog. Don’t forget legs, belly and chest. A long haired dog will need more frequent brushing than a short haired dog, but all dogs should be brushed a minimum of once a week. Removing loose hair is a great way to lessen or prevent hair matting.
Bathe your dog regularly, but only once you can get a comb through his fur or hair. Bathing a knotty dog will make the situation worse. Conditioner alone does not magically remove matting. Talk to your breeder or groomer about how often your particular breed needs bathing. Your groomer or breeder can also advise you on the best shampoo and rinse to use.
Create a schedule with your groomer for your pet. Recommended is every 5-6 weeks depending on the breed and length of your pet’s hair.
Feed your dog a good, nutritious dog food. The skin and fur on a dog are only as healthy as the food that fuels it. Preventing dog hair mats starts with a good diet that encourages healthy hair and skin. Avoid foods that contain preservatives and look for the ones that use vitamins to preserve instead.
Give your dog a daily dose of fish oil that contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are beneficial in treating dogs with allergies or other autoimmune diseases. You can also use flax seed oil or olive oil.
Lack of fatty acids are a major contributor to many adverse skin conditions in dogs that lead to seborrhea and dull, flaky skin. Consult your veterinarian or breeder for the best dosage for your dog.
Begin grooming your puppy as soon as you bring the dog home. Make it a fun activity and give a nice reward for good behavior. It doesn’t have to be food; a nice belly rub or a cuddle is just as good.