Before & After – Total Makeover Edition – The Importance of Grooming Matted Hair Coats

While much of what I write about on this site has a lot to do with the medical care that my team and I are able to provide to the animals within the animal shelter, something that is often overlooked as not being medically related is an animal’s hair or fur.

Many animals that do not have short hair coats are in need of grooming on a regular basis in order to keep their coat healthy and prevent it from becoming matted. You may think that mats are unsightly more than anything else, but you may be surprised to learn that they do have health consequences.

Matted hair can be soaked in urine, feces, or tears, keeping these bodily fluids close to the skin and resulting in a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. What manifests can be a potentially serious skin infection.

Matted hair can also conceal wounds and overgrown nails, the latter of which have the ability to grow in 360˚ circles and straight into and through the paw! Ouch!

For this dog, getting neutered was also an opportunity to get a complete makeover! Check it out…

Before! About to undergo anesthesia, though we weren’t really sure what he looked like underneath all that hair!

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Midway through, you can see the outline of his body…

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We switched to the other side to continue grooming him. You can see that his coat was really one giant matted mess!

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After! What a cutie!

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Fortunately for this guy, his skin was healthy underneath, so he went straight up for adoption and found his forever home!

 

Posted on April 23, 2014, in Before & After, Shelter Vet Tails and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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