This is a great example of a matted coat. See how the back end looks like normal hair but underneath it is like a pelt to the skin? Many people think that if you don’t groom your pet in the winter that the long coat helps keep them warm. However, a matted coat does not insulate the dog in the cold. Instead, the cold air can reach the skin around the mats. We recommend grooming all year round. In fact, many customers book their next grooming appointment before they leave. We suggest a 4-6 week grooming schedule for hair cut breeds.
Unfortunately, many pet owners fall for the misnomer that pets don’t really need grooming through the winter months….nothing could be farther from the truth!
The real truth is that all pets should be on a regular grooming schedule year round. Maintaining the coat in winter months will actually help your pet to keep warm. A properly groomed coat helps to remove dead undercoat allowing the coat to hold warm air near the body.
Pets who are neglected through winter months often must be shaved as the coat becomes too matted for the professional groomer to remove without injury to the pet. This shaving process puts your pet at risk of sunburn/skin cancer as the canine epidermis is HALF the thickness of a human being. Matted coats also put your pet at risk of cuts and injuries as the pelt is removed, post clipping alopecia, te inability to maintain a normal body temperature, etc….
Your professional groomer will most likely charge additional fees as well. Removing a pelted coat takes excessive time, as well as damages the groomers equipment such as blades and shears. Because the grooming industry is a ‘service industry’, anything that takes more time will incur additional charges.
To prevent these issues, talk to your professional groomer about a year round schedule for your pet!
Groom by NAPCG member Dena Jones. — with Dena Jones and clawpaws spa.
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