Tips for Removing Mats for Newbies

Image result for matted pomeranianPoms are notorious for getting mats under their arms and legs and behind their ears.  Sometimes it seems like they appear overnight and are the size of marbles before we know what hits us!

If you have looked online at all you have probably not just read, but been screamed at to not shave your pom, no matter what!!!  Well, while this is excellent advice as shaving can cause permanent damage to your Poms coat, it is not always reasonable.

If you are adopting Pom from a shelter or found a stray on the street, you may have no choice but to use clippers to remove excess mats.  Excessive matting can not only be painful to any dog, it can also cause serious health problems by cutting off circulation to limbs, forcing hair into the eyes, or preventing waste from falling free of the animal causing urine burns and infected anal glands.

This method is simple and I call it “dissecting the mat”.  It can help salvage the hair that may be able to be freed from the mat without causing much discomfort to your pet.

You can do on your own in between trips to the groomer, or if you elect to do your own grooming (only use sharp, hair cutting scissors):

  • Isolate the mat you are going to work on.  Try to move all lose hair away from it.
  • With your fingers, see if you can work any of hair free of the mat.
  • Open the scissors and slip one end under the mat at a 90 degree angle (Perpendicular) to the skin and cut through the mat.
  • Move the scissors so that you can cut a second time through the mat, crossing the first cut.  The mat should now be in about 4 sections.
  • You can keep cutting through the mat as much as you feel is needed to loosen it up.
  • Using a steel comb, gently try to work the mat free, one section at a time.  The most important thing to remember is that it can be quite painful if you are pulling the hair to tightly.  If possible, try to use your fingers to hold the fur between the skin and the mat firmly so when you are tugging the mat free, you are not tugging the skin.

Keep in mind that while this method of “dissecting the mat” may help free the majority of mats without resorting to cutting it out, you will come across those that you will need to just cut out for one reason or another, it could be too thick, too big, in too sensitive an area, or just for times sake, etc…

If you do need to cut a mat out, gently hold the mat taught, hold the scissors parallel to the skin and as close to the bottom of the mat as you can get, then gently snip away the mat being careful to avoid the skin.  You may want to try a pass with thinning shears to see if the mat pulls away with being completely severed.

The main thing to remember is to take your time, hair grows back if you cut it a little crooked, if you need someone to help keep your pom calm and distracted while you work, by all means do so and always follow up with love and treats!

PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care

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Each action you take, decision you make, and even the words you say have an impact on your Pomeranian. This book explores every relevant topic with an emphasis on concise information and practical advice that never leaves you wondering ‘what next?’ You’ll be armed with the knowledge you need for all elements affecting your Pom directly or indirectly through every phase of life; from puppyhood through adulthood and into the senior years.

Learn about the Pomeranian with size and structural variations, show vs. pet Poms, personality (and how your actions help shape it), color, intelligence, and more. If you’re just now bringing a Pom home, this book will guide you with introductions to home & family, how to handle nighttime crying, setting up your Pom’s area, early desensitization, and more.

 
This book is tailored to your Pomeranian; shy or hyper, clingy or a bit too independent, a dog that jumps up on visitors or hides behind furniture when the doorbell rings. Every behavioral quirk that may manifest (26 sections) is in this massive book, including a comprehensive section on separation anxiety to give your Pom the gift of self-confidence and security while you’re away from home.

The grooming chapter (10 sections) is extensive, with a schedule of tasks, a breakdown of each, step-by-step bathing, the importance of proper drying, brushing (puppy and adult), tangles, coat products, nail clipping (with photos), tear stains, and more. The coat is one of this breed’s most defining features; this Pomeranian book covers it all with puppy to adult coat transitions, trimmings, shedding, and fur loss issues with home remedies to help restore the coat.

The training sections are exceptional with step-by-step instructions to curb barking (every single barking scenario along with training for each), heeling alongside you, meet & greets with other dogs, nipping, humping, begging, over-zealous licking, command training, instilling proper hierarchy, socialization and desensitization, and much more.

Feeding & nutrition (10 sections) is explored in full, with advice vital to your Pomeranian’s short and long-term health, as well as female topics (including full pregnancy, whelping, and ‘breeding for color’ info), body part specific care, andhouse training (9 sections; ensuring fast success with no stone left unturned).

 
The Exercise & Activity chapter covers requirements, fun things to do, dog park safety, weather-related adjustments, and much more.

This book doesn’t slow down for a moment, with incredibly extensive health information (30+ sections) covering every issue the Pomeranian is prone to, conditions that affect toy breeds, and relevant issues seen with canines in general, including an outstanding allergy chapter. Never second-guess yourself, wondering what to do.

Included are the results of two puppy-growth studies of 249 Pom puppies that tracked first-year weights, comprehensive owner survey results exploring appearance, behavior, and health of 3,695 Pomeranians, statistics regarding life expectancy, and an entire chapter dedicated to keeping your Pom safe.

Throughout this book are sidebars, charts, beautiful photos (b&w in print, color in ebook), and supplemental aids.

Contributors include several top reputable AKC Pomeranian breeders and author and trainer Faye Dunningham who provides special-edition training sections.

We hope you’re excited to begin the journey of learning more about your Pom and providing the very best of care. Let’s get started!

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