How do I tackle knots and tangles?

If you are reading this then you probably don’t want to hear that the best way to avoid knots and tangles is regularly brushing and grooming.

That said matted fur can be painful for your pet and the trapped dirt, if it isn't dealt with, can cause skin irritations or infections. Whether your pet has small matted areas or just the odd knot and tangle, removing these needs to be done gently or your pet will grow to dislike being groomed and it will become harder to keep on top of.

If you come across a matt, attacking it with a brush and tugging at it isn't the correct option, this will hurt your dog and make them resent any form of grooming.

There are a wide range of de-matting products and it is necessary to consider the coat type of your pet. Click here to view the range on Petplanet where you can filter by Coat Type. For a guide on the different types of coats click here.

Follow these steps to painlessly remove the tangle from your pet's coat:

  • To begin, brush or comb around the area to be treated, separating the good hair from that of the knot or matt - this will reduce hair loss and make it easier to locate the matts.
  • When you have located the matt, hold the hair at the root, this will help you avoid pulling the skin.
  • Using your chosen de-matting tool, use short strokes to cut progressively, working from the outer ends towards the roots using short strokes. Keep the de-matting tool parallel to your pet's coat and avoid plucking upwards as this may be painful.
  • If your pet has very dense matts it may be necessary to rotate your wrist to produce a sawing action. Never force the de-matting tool through the coat, as this not only causes discomfort to your pet but is ineffective.
  • Delicate areas may be better clipped as they will be more sensitive.

If your pet is excessively matted or you are new to using de-matting products then it is wise to use a professional groomer who can give you tips. If you are looking for a local professional groomer then visit our friends at who have regularly appeared on TV giving grooming advice.