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Many people like to bathe their pets in between their grooming sessions.  This is a wonderful way to keep your pet clean, but you must remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to bathe at home.  Always remember to brush out your pet's coat BEFORE you bathe him or her.   Most people don't realize that this is the number one reason your pet's fur becomes matted.  If there are any knots in his or her coat, the water will make them become tighter and tighter until your groomer has no choice but to shave the coat short.  Brushing before the bath will prevent this situation. 

Brush the coat out first with a brush and then go through it with a comb to make sure all the mats are out.  Most times the matting will be close to the skin so you must make sure you are not just brushing the top coat.  Be sure you do not brush super hard next to the skin so as not to give your pet a brush burn.  After you are sure all of the matting is out, you can proceed to the bath.  It is important to brush your pet after the coat has dried as well but this will be much easier since all of the knots were taken out prior to the bath!!

Do not attempt to cut any mats out at home with scissors.  It is very, very easy to cut your pet's skin and should be left alone until your groomer can shave it out.