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16th November 2005, 08:15 PM
It seems I'm always combing out matts from Abbey's armpits. Is there some way to prevent this?? Anyone else with this problem? :?

16th November 2005, 08:35 PM
You could shave the armpits??

16th November 2005, 09:00 PM

Some people have said they keep this area trimmed but I find when you cut back to any evenish length then the stubby bits mat... :roll: It does help if you keep them brushed under there so the mats don;t get time to build up but mine always seem to have tangled pits!!

16th November 2005, 09:07 PM
Maybe I need to do it daily rather than the 2-3 times a week I'm doing now. At least she doesn't fight it, she lays on her sides and holds her arm up for me! :lol:

16th November 2005, 09:51 PM
Can anyone recommend a good brush? The kind I'm using now has regular bristles on one side and metal ones on the other. Spencer's ears have been getting tangled towards the bottom. I think it's b/c he has to sniff absolutely EVERY blade of grass and fallen leaf when we walk in the morning. The dew's been heavy so his ears are wet when we come in.

Thank you,


Cathy T
16th November 2005, 09:57 PM
I've bought a Mason Pearson brush and just love it. I no longer use the wire bristle brush or a pin brush. I have my comb on hand for bad knots but the brush really works wonders. I use the pocket size with board and bristle mixed.

16th November 2005, 10:03 PM
I comb Dudley every day, and the times that I get lazy and don't he
gets some pretty nasty matts around his bottom. icon_yikes icon_yikes
My middle son is constantly checking him for mats and always lets me
know if I missed one. icon_whistling icon_whistling
I also use a detangler and find a comb works much better than any of
those wire brushes those I found hurt him. :( :( :(
He sits so nicely as I always give him a treat after his brushing. icon_banana icon_banana icon_banana

16th November 2005, 10:06 PM
We use a Greyhound comb and it works really well for mats and for pulling any dead hair up. She loves being brushed for about 10 minutes, then she just gets up and walks away! :lol:

17th November 2005, 12:14 PM
I use a Mikki fine slicker brush on Maxx as his coat is like cotton wool (he hasn't got a normal Cavalier coat as he suffers from carpet coat), his groomer calls him a wooly bear!!!!

The Mikki slickers aren't like regular slickers as they are really fine and I've run it down my arm more than once to make sure it doesn't hurt him. He obviously likes it anyway becuase as soon as he sees his brushes and combs he runs and sits down waiting for me & will in fact go to sleep whilst he's being groomed LOL

I brush him every day but also spend a good hour about twice a week stripping out all the knots and matts - last night he was lying on my lap and I found loads of them that were 'fresh' - I know I'd brushed, combed and trimmed them all out yesterday morning!

Oh yes, I wouldn't recommend a 'knot stripper' either. they are complete rubbish and actually hurt the furbabies......

17th November 2005, 02:01 PM
What's carpet coat?

17th November 2005, 02:27 PM
Maxx's Mom What is a carpet coat and a Mikki Fine Slicker Brush???????

17th November 2005, 04:43 PM
I have a trick that I used on my horses tail and it seems to work great on Reggie keeping his hair very smooth and smelling wonderful!!

Infusium23 leave in conditioner.... For people ...it comes in a tiny spray bottle option that is great to keep by the bed so he gets treated nightly.

Stops dry skin and everything.

With the horses I would get the big bottle and soak the horse in it after its bath. He was silky smooth.

Before you cut the hair icon_yikes try it ....

Good Luck

All the horse people here swear by it. ;)

17th November 2005, 04:45 PM
By the way it works great on people too :D

17th November 2005, 04:56 PM
Where can you purchase it, and do you know if it is available in Canada

17th November 2005, 05:45 PM
I get mine at Walgreens.....

but I found a site

Hopefully that will help.

I am sure there are more options (sites) if you search the net.

18th November 2005, 04:55 PM
Thank you for the suggestions on brushes. Can I buy them at a regular pet store?

Cathy T- I have a Mason Pearson brush I use on my own hair. Do you use a regular human one or do they also make dog brushes?

Thank you!

19th November 2005, 03:24 PM
Maxx's Mom What is a carpet coat and a Mikki Fine Slicker Brush???????

Carpet coat is something that can happen to their coats after they have been neutered when very young. Maxx was only 6 mths but one of his testicles hadn't dropped and when they scanned him to find out if it was going to drop, they found it was stuck to his rib cage. The Vet thought it best to remove it as it wasn't going to drop and could have turned cancerous.

Their coats become very thick and fluffy, almost like soft cotton wool and they just grow and grow :shock: . Last time Maxx went to the groomers she had 4 bags of fur from him :shock:

He is like a big wooly bear but does get very knotty and so needs lots more grooming than Charlie does.

Here's what a website said about Mikki brushes....
The slicker brushes are designed to be used with a soft stroking action, enabling the shaped stainless steel pins to ease tangles and matts and remove loose/dead hairs from the undercoat leaving the top coat clean and healthy.

http://www.edirectory.co.uk/pf/pages/moreinfoa.asp?pe=BCGAEHAQ_+mikki+soft+slicker+med+ 6275+303&cid=880

They have very soft edges to the pins so don't scratch or dig into the furbabies' skin.

I never use any brushes or combs on my babies' coats unless I first test them on the skin on my arms (no, I'm not ultra hairy, I just like to make sure they won't scratch or hurt them).

Cathy T
21st November 2005, 03:10 AM
Cathy T- I have a Mason Pearson brush I use on my own hair. Do you use a regular human one or do they also make dog brushes?Thank you!

It's a regular human hairbrush. I don't even own one, heck only the best for the dogs, I'll just use a conair plastic vent brush for myself :D

Darby's Mom
21st November 2005, 08:21 PM
Another tip is to use a metal flea comb. I spray the mat with the Infusium 23 Leave-In treatment (as Kimmisue mentioned - it works great!), and just tease the mat out with the flea comb. It's works perfectly, as long as you use a metal one!