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Q: Should i cut the mat of hair out on my Bichon's tail?

July 15, 2010 | By erica m. | 5 answers | Expired: 1489 days ago

erica m.

It seems like Sport got a mat of hair on his tail over night. Should i cut the mat of hair out, or continue to de-mat it with my slicker brush each day while it grows out? He is a Bichon Frise, they have a curly tail structure.

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Jillian
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Jul 15, 2010

i guess that depends on how close to the skin you might get {and how willing he is to let you snip it} and how matted it is. my dog had diarrhea her last six months so i'd wash her up and trim her "tail feathers". one day i accidentally clipped her skin. painful cut, lots of daily care required and the poor girl just had to deal w/it. but i know if it's very matted, brushing alone doesn't always do the trick. sometimes you can find a safe place to make a small cut and the rest easily untangles. that's the long answer. short answer is yes and no, but you'd be the best judge. if you think you can brush it out, that's definitely the safest bet.

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Kelly
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Jul 16, 2010

Like Jillian says, its a judgement call. My chow mats up like crazy even though I groom him daily. I spritz any mats with an oil-based coat conditioner & work it in to hopefully loosen the mat. Then I use an undercoat rake or a grooming comb to try to work the mat out. If that doesn't work, I sometimes use scissors to split the mat. I make sure I can feel the blades so I know I'm not going to cut him & just cut into the middle of the mat. I try to work the blade through the mat so I can point them away from his body to make sure I don't cut him. If its a big mat, I cut it into strips. Then I can usually work the mat out with the grooming comb. You can also use a mat comb or a mat splitter. If you can't work it completely out, at least its easier to cut out once its worked away from the skin.

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Kavykeeper
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Jul 17, 2010

I have a long haired guinea pig that will sometimes get a matted area. I insert a comb between the mat and the skin. Then I cut off the matted piece. The comb serves as a guard so you won't cut the skin. It takes a little more time, but it's a good way to play it safe. It does help to have someone hold him so you can concentrate on the mat.

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