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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-26-2007, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Matted fur being the ear!!

Amber keeps getting matted fur behind her "left" ear... Started only in the last couple of months. I usually cut them carefully with a pair of scissors...

What causes this?
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It is very common. The hair there is so soft and fine it is subject to matting. Try combing it every day. That just takes a couple of minutes and should prevent the matting.

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We groom Amber everyday but maybe we should get a fine comb for behind her ears. Maybe the grooming brush doesn't go through properly.
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That is what I use, a fine steel tooth comb. That fur just tangles so easily being so fine. Hopefully if you comb every day it will prevent the mats from forming.

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katie has the same thing, i brush her daily as well. the mat is so thick it is hard to tell what is skin and what is hair. is there anything i can do to untangle the hair?
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If it is really matted, then the best thing to do it CAREFULLY cut it out. That is such a sensitive area, trying to untagle it would be futile, and painful. I always put my fingers around the matt before cutting so I am sure not to cut any skin.

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That's what used to happen with Kelly. It seemed I could comb the hair benind her ears and 5 minutes later it would tangle again. The stuff was like cotton candy. I ended up cutting a lot of it out.
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Regular combing with a fine tooth comb will help prevent mats.

If a mat does happen, get a mat breaker tool and comb/cut it out that way. It's like a comb with razor teeth so when it removes the mat, it comes out in more of a subtle way vs when you have to chop it out with scissors.

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my bailey has these and its ridiculously matted...bummer
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