About Matting

What JT wants you to know about matting:

Matting is a condition in your dog’s fur that is caused by dense tangles and knots. It’s a painful condition that can lead to other health concerns such as infections or skin irritations and can also mask other health issues or parasites. Mats cut off the airflow in your dog’s hair and can trap moisture, which can cause irritation and sores on your dog. Even mild matting can be painful, but in severe cases, matting can cut off circulation to your dogs skin and cause hematomas. In some circumstances matting may be so severe that you would need to take your dog to a veterinarian for treatment. Some dogs have coats that are higher maintenance and more vulnerable to matting. Any long hair dog can get matted, but certain breeds and coat types are more prone to matting, such as Poodles, Doodles, Curly Coats, Cocker Spaniels, Bishon, ShihTzu and any variation of these breeds. Dogs with long silky coats such as Yorkies can also get matted as well as double coated dogs.

We love your dog just as much as you do and this is why we do what we do.  We are passionate dog lovers who have made a career choice of spending time with dogs and doing what we love.  We only want the best for your dog.

When your dog is matted, we believe in doing what is best for your dog.  In many cases, this means shaving the mats out of your dog.  Shaving is not a “Short Cut” to get the job done quickly; this can be a very slow, tedious and dangerous process. We are working on areas of your dog where skin is thin, likely already irritated and sometimes their hair is being pulled because of tight mats.  Removing a heavily matted coat includes risks of nicks, cuts or abrasions due to warts, moles, and skin folds trapped and hidden within the matted hair.  Therefore, shaving a matted dog must be done slowly with utmost care.

Realistic Expectations:

Here at JT’s Pet Spa we know the pain mats cause.  Our number one priority is to ensure your dog’s comfort and safety.  Shaving out mats with clippers is the safest way to remove a severe mat. This will leave a bare patch in your dogs fur.  If your dog only has a few areas where the mats are severe, we may be able to shave those areas and blend them in with the unmated fur.  However, if your dogs’ legs are matted and the body is not, he may look silly with shaved legs.  Many times it’s best to shave your pet down and start over.


Our de-Shedding Service uses advanced grooming techniques , tools, and skills to remove as much of your pet’s loose and trapped fur as possible, so it ends up in our bathtub, not all over you and your house. We do this with specially designed brushes De-Furminator shampoo and conditioner, and high velocity dryers to efficiently and gently lift away the extra hair from your pet’s multi-layered coat.