Some people shave their pets on a regular basis. We recommend NOT shaving a double coated breed pet. However, if your pet is matted, there may not be an option. You can start over and keep brushing and combing from then on to prevent it from happening again or get a standing appointment to upkeep your pet. If it is at all possible, leaving the length at least ½ to 1 inch long is advisable so as not to cut the top layer of hair too short. Keep in mind thick coats are better to deshed instead of shaving when possible. Cutting hair down to an inch on a double coated pet requires deshedding first then cutting. It won’t do any good to cut a double coat that has an unbrushed out undercoat! If the hair is too dense, we may not be able to leave an inch of hair. Many coats will just grow back and MAY be okay if it is only one shave or occasionally. If you’ve gone past the point of no return (a major part of hair is matted down to the skin, especially the legs) you will have to shave it. Hopefully, the top layer will grow back. However, the texture and color may change. Every time you shave it may get softer and thinner and tangle more easily. If your pet is older or has allergies, worms, mange, bacteria infections, cushings disease, thyroid issues, autoammune disease or sex hormone alopecia problems, the coat may grow back patchy and bald or not at all.
Once the top layer stops growing back, you may have to always shave your pet because of the frizzy, patchy looking bald spots. The older the dog gets, the less likely it is to grow back, even if it always grew before. There is no exact timeline for this condition. If the pet's coat won’t grow back and is caused by shaving the coat by a groomer or a vet, this is called post-clipping alopecia. If all the other medical causes have been ruled out, melatonin, Omega 3 and Omega 6 (formulated for dogs or cats) may help with hair growth. Please consult with your vet before trying these methods. It is best to leave the coat at least ½ to 1 inch long if it is possible. The thicker the coat is, the shorter you can usually go.