Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Matts behind the ears

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    231
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Matts behind the ears

    We will be taking on a rescue soon and I have been made aware that he has quite big matts behind his ears. He's not a big fan of being groomed, and I was wondering what everyone would suggest. Ive not really had to deal with this with Holly as she doesnt mind being groomed so hasnt had any matts.
    I was told I could leave them as they will eventually shed.... is that right? I didnt think it was correct and I dont fancy leaving them there either as I feel it just screams out.. "Helloooo fleas... come nest in here..."

    Any ideas anyone?
    Ashley, with Holly and Murphy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Posts
    2,161
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I would imagine that the matts could only get worse, if left, but I'm not sure what to suggest. if they are really bad, perhaps your vet would suggest light sedation.
    Barbara, Monty, Joly and Teddy.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    274
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Our eldest detested being groomed from day one and with long hair this quickly became a nightmare!
    I wouldn't suggest leaving them but I would try really short grooming sessions with a treat at the end (even if you manage to sit and stay to be groomed for a couple of minutes) and gradually increase the time, it can take a long time but it is worth it in the end. If they are really bad then it may be that you have to speak to the vets about sedation but I would try the softly softly approach first.
    This is the advice I was given and it worked really well for us
    Proud to be owned by Ashton and Rio

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Southwest Florida
    Posts
    1,083
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    If they are as bad as they sound, I would cut them out and not try to brush him, especially since he will be adjusting to a new home anyway and I wouldn't want to freak him out. The hair will grow back. Just my opinion!
    Trisha in Southwest Florida
    Cavaliers: Casey, Ollie, & Winston and usually a foster or two! Cats: Pebbles & Benson

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    231
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I wouldnt mind cutting them out... how he looks isnt really an issue... its more just about fleas etc that would like the matts to be their new home! He's been through a lot this little guy so I had planned on grooming sessions being short and gentle anyway... I just wasnt sure what to do with the matts. I'll assess the situation more once he is home with us!
    Thanks guys x
    Ashley, with Holly and Murphy

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    2,918
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile

    You can cut them lengthways with a small rounded scissors and then try to tease them out using a small slicker brush OR you can simply just cut them out. I'm sure the dog will be delighted to be rid of them.
    Claire
    Once owned by Rudeepoohs
    then rescued by CaraMia and Minnie Moo.
    Missing all my girls every day....

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    2,918
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile

    This is the kind of scissors that I mean: http://www.pet-bliss.com/acatalog/Do..._Scissors.html

    and these are the slicker brushes: http://www.groomerschoice.com/tools_..._slickers.html

    Best of luck with your new little rescue. I look forward to pics.
    Claire
    Once owned by Rudeepoohs
    then rescued by CaraMia and Minnie Moo.
    Missing all my girls every day....

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Dublin,Ireland
    Posts
    3,039
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I got Gus aged 4 months from the breeder but he had been living in kennels so although he was clean and tidy he had some matts behind his ears..He was my first cav and I took him to the vet to get the lumps investigated! (silly me) the vet shaved them off.

    Pippin has quite silky flyaway hair and although he is brushed daily he still sometimes gets little matts behind his ears and in his arm pits.I usually cut them out to save him the stress of brushing and combing them especially if they are near the skin.
    Gus(blenhiem) Pippin(tri) DJ(ruby)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    274
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Sorry just realised I meant to say they would be best to be cut out (you would probably be there months grooming them out) then grooming sessions to start bit by bit

    Mind you we couldn't get the scissors near Ashton to begin with and it would have been very dangerous attempting to cut them out
    Proud to be owned by Ashton and Rio

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    231
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks everyone. I'll see how he is once he's been here for a while before I attempt to cut them out... but thats what I'll need to do.
    Ashley, with Holly and Murphy

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •