A dog’s matted coat is both uncomfortable and hazardous to their health. Mats pull at the skin and may cause it to break down over time. Removing mats can be a simple process given the proper tools, but may be very time-consuming if the dog is not kept on a regular grooming schedule. For severely matted dogs, the only option may be to shave the pet. If the hair is matted, it has no exposure to the air and sores and redness will appear. There are many products to help with mat removal such as dematting sprays, finishing sprays, silicones, etc.