If your pet's matted hair is confirmation of a difficult
life before you rescued him/her or the fact that he/she just plain likes to
play hard, you will want to remove the knots and tangles as quickly as physically
possible. You will not only relieve your pet from discomfort, you will have the
pleasure of running your fingers through your pet's fur once again. There are
professional dog groomers who specialize in de-matting dog fur, with the right equipment
and know-how, you can save yourself $$$ and untangle any pet's matted fur right
in your own house.
The first step is to run your fingers in the pet's fur to locate
all knots, both concealed and on the surface. Attach a clothes pin to these tangles
to separate them from the rest of the hair. Give special attention to the
undercoat, the fur that is near the skin.
Now, rub each tangle thoroughly with a detangling product.
The product can be bought at a pet store but you can use your own if you want.
If you do not have any, use conditioner mixed with vegetable oil, mixed with
cornstarch. You can also buy a specially formulated gel or spray from any local
Next, separate large tangles of fur into small parts, either
with your fingers and/or a thin object such as an icing spreader or cheese
knife, or with a "mat splitter". "Mat splitters" are special professional
grooming tools (you can buy one at most pet stores) with blades that aid in the
separation of your pet's tangle while keeping the length of the hair.
Finally, detangle bigger less thick knots with your fingers.
Simply locate each knot inside the tangle and gently separate it until you can
observe how the knot is made. Gently loosen the tangle and untie it with your
fingers. This step is the most laborious and tiresome step, so patience is very
important at this step. If you do not follow this step, when you go to comb the
pet's hair, you will end up getting frustrated at your comb will probably
You can now brush or comb through each mat with gentle
strokes on the top. Don't brush or comb too deep at first, just skim the top
surface. Manually hold the tangle close to the undercoat while you are brushing
so that you can keep the slicker brush from irritating the skin and causing your
Scratch the lasting tangles with a wide-tooth comb. Keep
your strokes vigorous and light-handed. Your pet will soon thank you for
relieving it of its matted fur!