Pets with matted coats need extra time and attention during grooming. We use extreme care when removing a badly matted coat, but there are risks involved. Some of those risks include nicks, cuts, or abrasions due to warts, moles, and skin trapped in the mats. After-effects of mat removal can include itchiness, skin redness, self-inflicted irritation and failure of the hair to regrow. Shaved pets are also more at risk of sunburn and should be protected from the sun until the hair has grown sufficiently to protect the skin. In some cases, brief behavioral changes may be seen, but the vast majority of matted dogs show immense relief and happiness after removal of a matted coat.