As the weather warms up, we’re gearing up for a busy season of grooming. Spring is the busiest time of year for us at Posh Paws Dog Grooming & Spa, visiting our regular clients and fielding phone calls from new ones. With that in mind, here are some things to remember about your post-WInter appointment:

The only way to remove matting painlessly is by shaving
We have a number of products and techniques to tackle tangles and mild to moderate knots whilst saving as much coat as possible. However, tight matting can only be removed by clipping (shaving) between the matting and the skin. This is a delicate process as skin under matting is damaged, sore and prone to nicks and redness. We will always err on the side of keeping your dog comfortable during the grooming process because their hair will grow back!

Removing matting safely is an advanced skill, takes time and dulls our clipper blades
If shaving is the only way to remove matting, then why does it cost more? There are a number of risks involved including cuts and hematomas, especially on the tips of the ears. We take our time with your dog and draw on our experience and training to minimize these risks. Matting also dulls and damages our clipper blades and scissors significantly more than regular grooming. As a result, these may have to be sharpened or replaced entirely after your groom.

Shedding (blowing) coats can be helped along by an undercoat strip-out, not a shave-off
While a short clip may make shedding less noticeable, your dog’s coat will still be packed with undercoat making for a hot, fluffy mess as they grow out. If you have a double-coated dog such as a Husky, Retriever, Collie, Shepherd, Samoyed, Spitz or Pomeranian ask us about stripping out their undercoat and some light trimming which will keep them cool and tidy without damaging their coat. Of course, there are exceptions and we have shaved these breeds in elderly and incontinent dogs, and those with severe skin issues or that insist on sitting in the duck pond all day! We don’t recommend this however, unless you are committed to keeping the coat short for the comfort of your dog.

With all that said, we would prefer to see you more regularly throughout the year to avoid a huge Spring grooming session, but we look forward to some drastic trans-fur-mations!