Short & Kurlys 0115 914 0881 - Dog Grooming and Microchipping Service, Nottingham
Shave Policy
When a dog is presented to us in a severely matted condition it is our policy to shave the whole coat using electric clippers with a close blade.
We groom HUMANELY, to de-matt would cause the dog tremendous stress and discomfort, often leaving a very thinned and damaged coat. Shaving the coat is quicker and more gentle on the dog.
Many dogs are traumatised by unnecessary hours of dematting, putting them off grooming for life.We consider shaving an act of kindness. 
A Severely matted dog can suffer many conditions 
  • Hot Spots and Sores
  • Fungal and Bacterial Infections
  • Yeast Infections
  • Flea Infestation
  • Moist Eczema
  • Mites and Lice
  • Maggot Infestation
  • Urine and Faeces Scalding
  • Eye and Ear Infections
  • Severe Itching
 Once the coat is removed, the skin can be red due to the lack of air circulation and dirt that has accumulated underneath.
Occasionally, there are sores, these may need veterinary treatment. Dogs tend to scratch and rub their skin after the shaving, this is normal, however some dogs can over scratch and this may lead to broken skin. If in doubt speak to your vet. 
Dogs feel different after shaving, lighter, off balance and cooler, most are glad to have freedom of movement again, and are full of life. Others seam to take it quite personally that their fur is quite short; they hide and sulk for days. The skin will feel like suede and depending of the colour of the dog, can be quite pink. Regardless of how the dog will look, he will feel 100% better. 
Book your next appointment NOW, advanced bookings ensure you get appointments at regular intervals at times that suit you.
Your dog will always look and feel good keeping the coat and skin in a healthy condition. Dont wait until he/she is matted again! 
NOW is also the best time to start a home grooming routine, the coat is short and manageable, begin gently stroking over the dog, make the grooming session pleasurable for owner and dog. After each short session, give a small reward, as the coat begins to grow progress to using a soft brush then a comb.
If bathing your dog ALWAYS brush and comb the coat before, and again after bathing. If you do not have time to groom your dog at home, consider having him professionally groomed more regularly. 
Thank you for understanding that we put your dogs welfare first, that we want his/her grooming experience to be positive and non-stressfull. We cannot justify hours of torture for the sake of good looks. Coats grow back (surprisingly quick) the skin benefits, but most of all.
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