Extreme Cases

Neglected and/or matted coats

Matted coats can cause a variety of skin and health problems. Matted fur does not allow the air to circulate to the skin, which can lead to hot spots, bacterial and fungal infections. Fleas, ticks, maggots and other parasites may be lurking in the coat causing further skin problems.
Matted fur also pulls and binds, causing pain to your pet when they move or lay on the mats. The skin underneath maybe raw and inflamed. Matted coats will not dry properly which can also lead to skin infections. Due to matting, your pet’s coat may need to be clipped extremely short and may show signs of skin irritation and sores. Saving matted ears may also cause hematomas. Dogs that have not been groomed regularly may become stressed and find the grooming session uncomfortable. It is always my goal to make your pet’s grooming experience as stress free as possible.
I practice humanity before vanity. Should a dog have a matted or neglected coat, if my observation is that it will be kinder to shave the coat back completely, this will be done in compliance with The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Sec 5. – Animals are to be protected from pain, injury and suffering). There can be extra charges due to extra time, care and wear and tear on equipment. In instances where the above is necessary, it can lead to skin irritation and other conditions. On some breeds the coat may not grow back in the same manner. Abbot Hall Dog Grooming will not be liable for any effects which may arise from this.
When shaving a coat back completely there is also the possibility that your dog’s skin may become more irritated during the clipping process. Due to the mats being tight against the skin, the only way of removing them is to use a short blade to clip between the skin and mats he/she maybe nicked/cut because I must work so closely to the skin. I am very careful, but the possibility of injury is there, and you need to be aware of this.