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I've neglected my dog for too long. Now she is all matted. Have to shave her & she is NOT happy. She is high strung anyway, so a little valium coctail may settle her down. Maybe I should take one too.

Anyone know an easyway to gets mats out? I am using an electric dog groomer. Not going too well.
 

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QUOTE(MrsSunbum @ May 29 2003, 12:15 PM)I've neglected my dog for too long. Now she is all matted. Have to shave her & she is NOT happy. She is high strung anyway, so a little valium coctail may settle her down. Maybe I should take one too.

Anyone know an easyway to gets mats out? I am using an electric dog groomer. Not going too well.
Cut the out?????????????????
 

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what kind of dog? We have 2 collies and I'm way too familiar with mats...

look at the de-matting tools on the Petco page.
 

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Cocker spaniel. I will check out the PetCo site. Thank you.

I thought about tryng a disposable razor, and shaving her. (at the base of the matts) She might not get as freaked. I think the noise sets her off.

I love her, but days like today.....

Nah. My fault. Shouldn't have let it go this long.
 

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I'm sorry I can't help it I read this thread and it reminded me of this really funny email that I read today except its about cats:

HOW TO GIVE A CAT A PILL:

1. Pick up the cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw away soggy pill.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call partner in from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore growls emitted by cat. Get partner to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in a large towel and get partner to lie on cat with cat's head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of a drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink a beer to take away the taste. Apply Band-aid to partner's forearm and remove blood from the carpet with soap and water.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck, so as to leave the head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check date of last tetanus shot. Apply whisky compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of the dining table. Find heavy pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of raw fish. Be rough about it. Hold head vertical and pour 2 pints of water down cat's throat to wash down pill.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get partner to drive you to Casualty, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill from your eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order a new table.

15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect the mutant cat from hell and ring local pet shop to see whether they have any hamsters.
 

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Go to any decent size pet supply store and you will find de-tangling spray as well that will help get the mats out. Soak that in good and then use a good quality de-tangling or de-matting brush. Nice and easy, this can be painful on the dogs if you pull too hard and having owned a cocker spaniel, I know thay can be feisty and nippy when aggrevated (which seems a lot


I would shave only as a last resort, you should be able to work the mats out in time....
 

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QUOTE(Porta Party @ May 29 2003, 12:50 PM)Go to any decent size pet supply store and you will find de-tangling spray as well that will help get the mats out. Soak that in good and then use a good quality de-tangling or de-matting brush. Nice and easy, this can be painful on the dogs if you pull too hard and having owned a cocker spaniel, I know thay can be feisty and nippy when aggrevated (which seems a lot


I would shave only as a last resort, you should be able to work the mats out in time....
She is way beyond trying to brush them out. With anything. They are hard masses. The valium seems to have been the key! She is calm, even wagging her tail. Taking a break to let the trimmer cool down.

We usually keep her hair short. She is not a dainty girl. Always rolling in the grass, weeds, mud, etc. So the short cut works best.

She should have been shaved a couple months ago.
My bad.

Thank you for suggestions. I will get some of the de tangler. That should help in the future.
 

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Well, glad the doggy downer worked its magic.........
 

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One of our cats had severely matted hair under her collar. Hard masses, coming out well over an inch from her little neck all of the way around. I felt so bad.....I brushed her all the time, but never took off her collar! Duh!

We took her to Love My Pet over here in New Baltimore. When it is really bad you can't just use one of those electric razors with the comb attachment. You have to use the straight razor (blade) attachment. Took the hair off right down to her pink skin....

They did it quickly and they also thinned her out all over. Only cost $10.00. Can't beat that! It will now be a routine visit!
 

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Her matts are gone. She is bald. LOL, well, not bald, but she weighs about 10 lbs less. She was traumatized. So was I. Valium for her, 4 Smirnof Ice for me, we are all happy now. Tomorrow, she gets a bath. I am taking Valium first.
I feel so bad, I nipped her hind leg with the scissors. She screamed, bled a little. I cried.

Happy Pickle week. I need another drink.
 

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QUOTE(MrsSunbum @ May 29 2003, 07:55 PM)She was traumatized. So was I. Valium for her, 4 Smirnof Ice for me, we are all happy now. Tomorrow, she gets a bath. I am taking Valium first.
awe.....

yet can't help laughing over here!!!!!
 

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I have not tried the de-matting spray.

we usually shave our Wheaton Terriers which we tend to neglect with the brush.. and they get quite matted. oh well.. at least they will be comfortable for the summer.
 

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QUOTE(MrsSunbum @ May 29 2003, 08:17 PM)Fair enough. I laughed when the bird at Metro attacked you.
OMG!!! MananaII and I were rollerblading the path one day this week and oncoming what did we see???

But a girl doing the SAME thing I did!! Cyndi heard the scream and she was 20 feet from us and was just shocked/laughing/questioning if we had just seen the bird attack her!!!!

BEWARE OF THE BIRDS ON THE PATH!!!
 

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I thought about you Sunday. I was sitting out front, enjoying the sun, watching the boats go by..and suddenly the purple martins started dive bombing my head! No big thing, I am used to it. I just sat there enjoying the day, drinking my smirnof. They never (so far) make contact. Its funny when they do that to the dogs.
 

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QUOTE(Veronique @ May 29 2003, 12:40 PM)I'm sorry I can't help it I read this thread and it reminded me of this really funny email that I read today except its about cats:

HOW TO GIVE A CAT A PILL:

1. Pick up the cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw away soggy pill.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call partner in from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore growls emitted by cat. Get partner to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in a large towel and get partner to lie on cat with cat's head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of a drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink a beer to take away the taste. Apply Band-aid to partner's forearm and remove blood from the carpet with soap and water.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck, so as to leave the head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check date of last tetanus shot. Apply whisky compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of the dining table. Find heavy pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of raw fish. Be rough about it. Hold head vertical and pour 2 pints of water down cat's throat to wash down pill.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get partner to drive you to Casualty, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill from your eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order a new table.

15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect the mutant cat from hell and ring local pet shop to see whether they have any hamsters.
There was a second part to that. How to give a dog a pill. Wrap it in a piece of bacon. Open a beer. LOL

Well, Janie is finally sleeping. She still isn't speaking to me.
Tomorrow is bath day.
High maintainance dog.

Night all!
 
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