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Why Your Dog's Coat Gets Matted — and What You Can Do About It


Mat alert! Dog fur often becomes tangled and knotted around itself without frequent brushing, which is called matting. Mats occur frequently in many dog breeds with curly, fine, or double coats. In extreme cases, the dog's coat will become what groomers call "pelted" — when matting is very tight to the skin, preventing proper air flow.

Matting and pelting prevents proper temperature regulation, causes skin irritation, hides parasites like fleas or other nasties, and causes extreme discomfort and pain for the dog.

Mats are mostly preventable! Let's look at why your dog's coat is forming mats and things you can do to keep them at bay. We'll also talk about what your options are if your dog's coat is already matted. 

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Topics: Dog Skin Issues, Puppy, Dog, canine care, Grooming, Dog Husbandry, Dog Coat Care, Matting, Dog Fur, Dog Brushes

Hot Spots – Your Dog Won't Stop Itching!


Got An Itchy dog?

Chances are, you've had a dog that's developed a “hot spot” at one point in time. Perhaps even many times — if your dog is unlucky enough to have allergies, fleas, or another condition that causes them to scratch a lot.

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Topics: Dog Health, dog fleas, Dog Skin Issues, Flea Allergies, Dogs, Dog Tips, Allergies, Hot spots, Skin problems

Canine Atopic Dermatitis – Environmental Allergies in Dogs

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What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis, often called “environmental allergies”, is one of the most common causes of chronic itching in dogs. It is caused by an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to one or more substances in the environment. In atopic dermatitis, various substances, called allergens, can serve as the trigger for this allergic reaction. They are often, though not always, the same allergens implicated in human allergic conditions such as hayfever and asthma.  And allergens in foods can trigger a nearly identical pattern of signs in the dog. Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dog Skin Issues, Dermatitis

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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