Join Date: Feb 2012
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I have dematters but I don't use them. I find even in experienced hands, they are dangerous. I don't want to risk slicing open a dog. I worked at a salon that banned them and I just learned to work without one. If the mats are really bad, I always suggest cutting or shaving them. In sensitive areas like armpits, chest, stomach, neck, loin, I always suggest shaving. The hair grows back. Continuous dematting ruins the hair anyway, and the hair mats up more.
The first two pictures are dematting tools available and ones that groomers use. I know many people will use them on ears (yikes) and even tails - but if the mats are very close to the skin, you can accidentally cut the skin right open, or even cut yourself. I teach a grooming workshop for a rescue and I do not allow the dematting tool.
You can use letter openers for some mats like in the third picture. I have the Les Poochs Matzapper brush that I cannot live without. I have been able to demat most dogs in a short amount of time. Dematting ears and tail have been a breeze. Misting the mats on ears if they are greasy with baby powder will help as you brush.
If you like to use the dematting tools, nothing wrong with that - just be very careful and know how to use them!
My rule of thumb is if I cannot brush it, I will cut it, if I cannot cut it, I will shave it.