Of all the care you offer your pet, grooming is definitely high on the list of priorities. Bathing your pooch in a dog bathtub with a high quality dog shampoo, puppy shampoo, or medicated shampoo for dogs; giving him a pedicure with a durable pair of nail clippers for dogs; using toothbrushes for dogs and toothpaste for dogs, and even using a dog ear cleaner to wipe out any dirt and debris trapped in his ears are all crucial parts of grooming. Brushing his coat down on a regular basis is super important, too. Regular brushing helps to remove the buildup of dead hair, reduces shedding, and even helps to release caked-on dirt and debris. But what happens when your pooch has a long, luscious goat that has gotten snarled up with knots and mats? How do you get those gnarls out without harming your faithful friend? Why, you need a premium quality dog brush that’s designed specifically for removing knots and mats, of course!
There are tons of different brushes for dogs on the market, though, so trying to choose a brush that’s ideal for removing knotty, matted up fur can be tough. To help you choose a brush that will actually take out those tangles with ease without harming your fur-baby, here’s a look at some of the best detangling brushes on the market.
- An undercoat rake. If your canine companion has a mixture of both short try hair and long hair (think Collie, Golden or Labrador retriever), combing him out with an undercoat rake. As the name suggests, these combs are specifically designed to remove knots and tangles from the undercoat without tugging or pulling at your pup’s coat and skin, so they won’t cause any pain.
- A slicker brush. This grooming tool features thin wires that gentle separates both fine and thick strands of fur. They can remove mats and tangles like magic without causing your furry friend any pain.
- A standard dog comb. If your fur-baby has a really dense snarl, try using a standard dog comb with long, thick, and heavy teeth. Opt for one that’s made out of metal, as it will be much more durable and there’s less of a chance that it will break while you’re working it through the coat.
- A mat splitter. For super stubborn snarls, give a mat splitter a try. These tools feature a single-sided blade that is designed to actually cut through mats using a saw-like motion.
Whichever tool you use, make sure that you are patient and go slowly. Start at the base of the mat and gently pull the tool – along with the hair – out and away from your pet’s skin. If you go too fast, you run the risk of pulling out fur and inuring your dog, which is definitely the last thing you want to do.
If you are still having a hard time getting the mat out, try using a pair of dog grooming clippers to get the snarl out. If you don’t want to clip the fur, consider taking him to a professional groomer instead.
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