The undercoat must be kept free from matting and tangling to keep the whole coat and skin healthy and in good condition. Clipping down certain breeds whether long or short could also damage the coat, resulting in patchy, fluffy regrowth which looks unsightly and may take a long time to regrow and get back into a natural growth cycle. This also applies to all-natural coated dogs where the coat grows to a pre-defined length. Long Haired Chihuahua’s and Pomeranian’s, for example, may have permanently damaged coats if clipped down unnecessarily.
Clipping off or Shaving off is always the last resort and can have lasting consequences.
Matting and Felting of your dog’s coat is a serious condition. It will prevent natural light and fresh air reaching the skin causing damp, sore areas and provide optimum conditions for fungus, bacteria and parasites to thrive. In this condition, your dog’s coat cannot be brushed out. To attempt this would be traumatic and cause discomfort, pain and stress to your pet. Because the coat is matted and felted down to the skin the entire coat must be shaved close to the skin to prevent further discomfort. However, the dense matting can cause the clippers to graze, catch, cut or mark the skin and on some occasions may cause discomfort and upset. If your dog becomes distressed during the process the treatment will be stopped and you will still be charged for the procedure.
It is at the discretion of Furst Class Lounge Ltd to agree to this procedure and when to stop the treatment. A further appointment may be required to complete the procedure. We may refer you to your veterinary practice.
Failing to brush your dog’s coat from the skin out (surface brushing) and remove the dead or dying undercoat on a regular and consistent basis will very quickly result in a matted coat with certain breed types. Using the correct brush and technique for your dog’s coat type is essential.
If you do not brush and comb your dog’s coat effectively and frequently enough you may be presented with this condition. Surface brushing is often the reason for a felted coat. This is when only the top outer guard hairs are brushed and the undercoat is allowed to thicken and spread across the skin forming a mat which gets thicker as the undercoat fills the felting. If shaving off is the last resort as determined by your groomer and we have agreed to undergo the procedures to remove the coat, you will be required to sign a customer information and consent form. The cost of clipping off your dog’s coat is considerably more expensive than a regular grooming appointment.
The growth process of a dogs coat is different to our own. Some dogs have more than one hair type growing at the same time in varying textures and layers from a single hair follicle. Regardless of the type of coat your dog has the hair goes through four stages of growth and renewal. Sometimes in very clearly defined shedding stages, seasonally with most double coated breeds and in other breeds continuous shedding.
Anagen Phase – This is when the new hairs are in an active state of growth
Catagen Phase – This is when the new hairs reach their maximum length and stop actively growing
Telogen Phase – This is when the hair becomes dormant, fully attached to the skin but not growing and is ready to be pushed out by new growth
Getting to know your dog’s coat type is the key to understanding how to maintain it correctly
If your dog’s coat has been assessed and needs clipping/shaving off and we agree to perform the removal procedure, a minimum charge will apply of £70 for toy/small breeds, £120 for medium size dogs and large dogs will carry a minimum charge of £190
Clipping/Shaving off is expensive compared to a regular groom and style for several reasons.
We will not attempt to remove the coat from any dog unaccustomed to grooming. Dogs unacclimatised to the grooming environment and procedures would include young dogs/puppies and dogs presenting an evident nervous or fearful temperament. We will refer you to your veterinary practice for advice if this is the case.
Removing the thick dense coat will blunt or ruin our expensive blades and grooming equipment which will need professional resharpening or replacement.
The procedure is more time consuming than a regular groom and may interrupt our appointment schedule.
The procedure will require extra products and calming treatments to help prevent skin issues.
The procedure can be distressing for your pet and their groomer. Your pet will need extra care and attention, toilet breaks and time-out resting periods.