Homemade Solution for Matted Dog Hair

by Susan Revermann Google
    Be gentle and patient when removing mats from her coat.

    Be gentle and patient when removing mats from her coat.

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    Creating your own homemade detangling solution for your pooch’s matted fur is not as hard as it may seem. Spending a few minutes to grab some household supplies for this will not only save you a trip to the store, it’s cheaper than expensive products found at the pet store, groomer or vet.


    Cornstarch isn’t just for cooking -- it can be used as a safe, non-toxic de-matting agent. Sprinkle some cornstarch on the mat and the surrounding area. Work the powder into the fur with your fingertips. This will gently lubricate the fur to help get the mat out.

    Detangling Spray

    You can make your own detangling spray instead of buying a separate, more expensive pet spray. Grab a clean, empty spray bottle, fill it with water and add a tablespoon of your regular hair conditioner. Shake the mixture up well. Spray some on the mat and leave it on for a few minutes before you work on getting the mat out.

    Getting the Mat Out

    Sit your dog on your lap, pet her and talk to her calmly to relax her before you begin. Gently apply your chosen de-matting solution. Now there are a couple ways you can approach that mat. You can use your fingers to work loose mats out. If the mat is being a bit more stubborn, use a pin brush, slicker brush or comb to work at the mat. Start on the outside, working your way in, and gently pick at the strands to loosen them. Be patient because this may take some time. Offer your pup small treats periodically to reward her for good behavior. Give her a nice bath when you’re done working those mats out.


    There are a few other things to consider before diving into this task. Don’t wash a dog with mats, as this just make matters worse. When you’re working on a mat, gently pinch the fur between the skin and the mat to avoid excessive yanking of the delicate skin. Although it may be tempting, don’t be too hasty to grab the scissors to cut the mat out. You are more likely to cut your dog’s skin and leave a noticeable bald patch of fur. Leave hard-to-remove mats to the grooming professionals.

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    About the Author

    Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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