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how to groom a dog with matted fur? Answered

An elderly person gave me a dog because they could not keep it any longer. This dog has long hair and it is very matted in places. There is no way I could comb the mats out. Does anyone know how to groom a dog like this? A local groomer wants to charge me $125.00 and I cannot afford to pay that much right now because I was recently laid off from my job. Thanks!

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frollard

10 years ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures - When hair is truly matted, it can be easier on you, the dog, and your pocketbook just to shave it off. If its a long-hair dog, it will grow back. You want to be careful shaving the short hairs under the guard fur. Just take enough off to get the main mattes out.

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flyingpuppyfrollard

Answer 7 years ago

No kidding! Shave it. I wouldn't spend that much time on brushing all the knots out. Here's how you can shave your dog yourself. It'll probably take a few days to accustom your dog to the electric shaver, but the small upfront investment will save you tons!

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. Visit your local pet store (take the dog or a few pics) and they should be able to help you pick out a brush appropriate for your dog's coat. . Look online at pet supply sites. Most of them will have good enough descriptions that you can pick out a good brush. . The first brushing will take a while and may require scissors to cut any knots that can't be combed out. The dog may look funny for a while, until the hair grows back, but dogs don't care what they look like. . After that, it should be pretty easy, if you will brush him/her regularly.