How to Use A Mat Breaker for Dogs

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Mats in your dog's coat are extremely challenging to remove not to mention uncomfortable and even painful for your pup. If your dog is prone to mats, invest in a dematting tool, or mat breaker, to help you remove the mats safely without cutting your dog's sensitive skin or your own. These tools don't replace regular grooming, however, and it is always best to prevent mats from forming at all whenever possible.

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A dematting tool is called a mat breaker.

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Remove small mats

Before using a dematting tool, groom your dog thoroughly. Brush his entire coat, keeping a close eye out for tangles and mats. Keep in mind that mats start near the skin, so small mats can be easy to miss. Take care to double-check areas that are prone to mats, such as behind the ears, under the collar, and behind the legs.

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If you find small mats, you can spray the mat with a detangling spray designed for dogs or corn starch and gently loosen the mat with your fingers or a comb. Start at the end of the mat and work your way toward the skin. If you can't comb out the mat in this manner, try a mat breaker tool.

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Don't hesitate to ask for help holding your pup. The process can be uncomfortable, and it is important that your pup stays still so you don't pull or cut his skin. In cases of severe matting, it may be best to take your dog to a veterinarian or professional groomer to have the mats removed.

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Mat breaker instructions

Many different companies offer mat breaker tools. They are typically a series of blades that look similar to a rake. While the blades are sharp and may be serrated to cut through the matted fur, the tool is designed to prevent cuts to your dog's skin. While the basics are the same, be sure to check the product label for specific instructions and safety considerations.

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Hold the fur at the base of the mat. This ensures you don't pull on your pup's skin and keeps the dematting process pain-free. Some tools are adjustable for different hair lengths, so make sure the tool is properly adjusted and that the blades are sharp and in good condition before you get started.

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Run the mat breaker tool through the mat. Use short, firm strokes in the same direction as the fur growth. Make sure you are not pulling up on the mat or forcing the tool through the mat. Some mats may fall out right away, while others may take time and patience to brush out. When used properly, these tools remove the mats without leaving bald spots or significantly shorter fur behind.

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Dangers of matted fur

Matted fur is not just unsightly, it can also cause other problems for your pup. As the mats develop, they start to pull on your dog's skin. This can be uncomfortable and can even become painful if they aren't removed. Furthermore, moisture can become trapped in the matted fur, allowing for skin infections to develop. Plus, the more severe the matting, the more difficult the knots are to remove, which increases the risk of cutting the skin.

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While the mat breaker tool is designed to avoid cutting the skin, if you find wounds or infected skin after your remove the mat, consult your veterinarian for treatment and take steps to ensure no further mats form in your dog's coat. The key to preventing mats from forming in the future is regular bathing and grooming. When you brush your dog daily and take care to remove all tangles right away, mats won't have the opportunity to form.

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