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Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:43 pm

I've done a bad thing.... I gave Natsu (Japanese Spitz) a bath without realising how matted her undercoat actually was! Her fur is incredibly matted in places now and I've had to cut off her fur off her sides... She looks like someone's been trying to eat her :bawl:
It has never ever been this bad before. I have no idea what to do now and how I can prevent this? Will a furminator help?

A month ago, our dog sitter groomed her and she came back matted as well!!!! I thought that was a waste of money...

Do I have to send her to a professional groomer for a shave down? What do I do now....

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:27 pm

I think I've managed to get most of the mats out. I need a tool for regular maintenance, which will get her undercoat out easily and without pain. Any suggestions? :)

What about the Furminator or https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magicfly-Profe ... B00L4WF7W4?

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby SherriA » Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:55 pm

I'm no help. I've never had a dog with a heavy undercoat like Natsu. A furminator works really well when Henry's undercoat is coming out but he doesn't have much of it and it doesn't matt.
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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Amanda » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:21 pm

I'm not sure a furminator is the right tool for her coat type for any reason. You need a dematting knife. And for maintenance, an undercoat rake and a slicker brush are what I would use.

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby UpwardDog » Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:01 am

I agree that the furminator is the wrong tool for her coat. For getting through matted/felted undercoat I spray or rub in a really intense detangler (maybe Ice on Ice?) that makes the hair really slippery/slick and then I work it out with a greyhound comb while holding my fingers between the dogs skin and my comb, so as not to be yanking on the skin.. If it's so bad that I need to actually cut through, I bought myself a Mars Coat king- the widest one. That is a last resort tool for me as it cuts the coat and I generally just want to remove undercoat..

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:58 am

THANK YOU!!

Amanda: I have an undercoat rake and a slicker brush, and Natsu absolutely hates both of them, the undercoat rake less than the slicker. urgh, I will brush her more often.

UpwardDog: OMG thanks for the Ice on Ice suggestion. I have it --- don't know why I never tried putting using it when trying to get out mats. I tried today and it's gone much better than the day before. I'm going to be buying a greyhound comb. Is the Mars Coat king similar to this one you think? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magicfly-Profe ... B00L4WF7W4

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:05 am

Ah I've found the Mars Coat King on amazon. I'll stick with the tried and tested suggestion. :P

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby UpwardDog » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:07 pm

The coat king is hard for me to use without hurting Rosie, so if Natsu already dislikes brushing, probably a good thing to stick with Ice on Ice and a greyhound comb. It's easiest to pick out mats and not hurt them with a comb vs a rake. And yeah, Coat Kings aren't cheap. I bought one out of deperation to get coat off Rosie as she isn't tolerating heat well in her old age and her coat quality is crappy, making it need more than raking and a HV blow out :/

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:38 am

Natsu is a diva. She loves a gentle massaging brushout with a posh pin brush.

It's when I try to rake out all the overwhelmingly fluffy undercoat and then I hit a mat----- she shrieks and jumps out of my arms and will not come back to me.

And the gentle brushing worked fine in Singapore because her undercoat never grew as thick because of the heat!!! Since we've been here in London, her undercoat has just absolutely gone super crazy poofy! I didn't even realise how bad it was!

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:18 pm

AMAZING! The greyhound comb and ice on ice combo really go a long way in increasing Natsu's tolerance to detangling and dematting.

I ordered the wrong version of the Mars coat King... I should have gotten the 8 teeth rather than 20. Oh well... Have to return and order the right one.

Question: Natsu's undercoat is still very thick and even after 3 days of raking/combing/ dematting, I still see an excessive amount of undercoat. if I was to use the Mars coat King to strip out all the dead undercoat, would that be okay you think? Or will that damage her coat?

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby UpwardDog » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:57 pm

I'm no expert. The coat king will cut the coat--even some top coat, so you need to decide of that's ok with you. I would decide based on how much I was getting out with the comb and detangler. My initial strategy, beyond shampoo and conditioner with HV dryer blow outs, is to sit on the floor in the evening and comb/de-shed while I watch tv every night. The HV dryer is a big help. If you don't have one, you could consider sending her for a de-shed with a pro groomer.

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Re: Matted fur helppppp!!!

Postby Bettyna » Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:24 pm

OK! I think I maybe shouldn't be too impatient and keep combing everyday. Maybe give her another shampoo and conditioner in a couple of weeks and see how it goes.

Yea, now that's it's nice outside I just sit outside on the patio while the little girl runs around in the garden... and comb Natsu. might as well enjoy the summer. HAH.


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