Why My Groomer Have To Shave Down My Dog?

Many owners are unhappy when groomers had to tell them the only humane thing to do was to shave down their badly matted dog. I, myself practise the humane method. Humanity before vanity. And it has been my motto as long as I can remember.

Here’s my personal reason to why groomers opt to shave down your badly pelted dog instead of dematting.

Dematting can be stressful and painful. The constant tugging and brushing the knots can be painful and create stress to your dog. They will start to struggle and making the work of dematting much more difficult. It may cause your pet to be traumatised and refused to be brushed/comb in future.

Dematting can be time consuming. Depending on how severe the mats are, dematting can be a long tedious work for the groomer. Not to mention, your pet will be in pain and in stress longer than expected if you insist that vanity is more important than your pet’s well being.

Codition of the mats are tight and pelted near to the skin. There are different level of mats and the severely matted fur have to go. Mats all over the body that are tight and pelted are not ideal for dematting. Shaving off this severely matted fur will help your pet’s skin and making it feel comfortable.

Showering a badly matted pet may cause skin problems. The knots will get tighter when showered each time. And it will be difficult to rinse off the shampoo and conditioner residue. By drying a matted coat with shampoo/conditioner residue still in the coat, will make the condition worse. It may be impossible to dry a matted coat. With moisture trapped beneath and the humid weather in Singapore, skin problem is sure to surface.

Abrasion from the constant brushing during dematting may be unavoidable. Dematting may leave your pet’s skin red and inflamed due to constant brushing on the same area while trying to untangle the knot. It may be painful for your pet.

Healthy skin requires to breathe. With the fur tangled, your pet’s skin may be hindered for proper ventilation. This may result to unnecessary skin problems on top of wetting a knotted fur.

Hopefully this post will help you understand more on why there’s a need to shave your severely matted pooch.

Is Spa & Treatment Necessary?

Most or rather all grooming salons offer additional add on services, spa and treatment. Is it necessary?

It depends. Some spa or treatment may be beneficial and improve your pet’s skin condition. But of course, not all are suitable. Take for an instance, two dogs with the same skin issues and both did mud spa. However, one of them got better while the other got worse. Thus, it really depends if your dog is suitable for this particular spa or treatment.

I do need to stress that we groomers are not vet. The additional spa or treatment that we offered aren’t something to cure your pet’s skin issues. But if it is, congrats. If it doesn’t, at least the spa and treatment helped ease the discomfort they are feeling or aid during their recovery period. However, if there’s no improvement, I would advise to stop the spa or try another.

Here’s a list of spa and treatment that I know of, or rather most grooming salon offers:

  • Mud spa
  • Microbubble/Nanobubble spa
  • Skin treatment
  • Coat treatment
  • Foam bubble spa
  • Pet Sparkling Tab spa

Spa and treatment is an additional and optional service. If your groomer introduce you to these spa and treatment, it is ok to say no if you are uncomfortable to try. But of course, you may pamper you pooches once in a while if you want. Do check on the prices for this additional service to avoid getting a shock during payment.

Avoid The Misunderstanding

pug-694802_960_720 Ever had the frustration where you groomer misunderstood the style or the fur length of your fur baby? Before you go all crazy about the misunderstanding, here’s what I have to say on behalf of most groomers. We may interpret your instructions differently. So before you write that bad review, maybe give the groomer or grooming salon another chance for redemption.

Here’s my tip to avoid that misunderstanding and so far it works.

Pictures – Do you have a picture of your pet’s last groom that you like? Show it to the groomer who will have a rough idea of what you’re looking for. Picture paints a thousand words. But do note that each groomer have their own style if you’re the type that have no fix groomer. He/she may add a little of her style to the picture you showed. Thus don’t be surprise if it looks a little different than the picture.

Written Instructions – Don’t be surprise with written note/instructions. Instructions such as the exact/estimated fur length left would be helpful. This note comes in handy if a pet transporter is picking up your fur baby or your helper is bringing on your behalf. Although there might be a slight difference than what you expect, at least it’s not totally way off.

Discuss with Your Groomer – Unsure what style or what’s suitable for your fur baby, maybe you can discuss with your groomer. They may be able to advise you after accessing your pet’s skin and coat condition. It’s also a good way for both you and the groomer to get to know each other better.

Let The Creativity Flow – If you’re the type where it doesn’t matter what the style or fur length may be, you may opt to let your groomer decide it for you. Sometimes there’s a certain style the groomer would like to try, but most owners are reluctant thus they don’t have the opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Why not let your groomer try a new probably unique style for your pet? 

Do give some feedback too after each session if possible. Small feedback such as keeping the fur shorter or longer the next round does mean alot to us. This means alot and groomers would greatly appreciate it.