Today was her follow up visit. The good news is that she was not mated and that her mom kept her brushed. The bad news is that since moving to Half Moon Bay, she's been able to run around in shrubbery where she caught a tick. I've never seen a tick as it's just not common in the city. I was both excited and grossed out. The pictures below show Molly's first cut grown out and the after picture shows that perhaps her muzzle will be long enough on next visit so that she can go back to looking like a bichon.
The owner wanted Molly to look Bichon, so together we came up with a long term plan. For this visit, the plan was to remove the mats. So I pushed the mats out as far away from the skin as possible. I then shaved the mats off. Surprisingly, I was able to keep 1/2" of hair. (it's usually 1/4 - 1/8" that can be saved) Regarding Molly's muzzle, there was nothing I can do but to wait until it grew out.
I know. This is gross. I was working on a Bichon today when I noticed the large amount of tarter deposit on her teeth. I usually don't try to pick it off, but today was different.
I got the urge to pick it off, so I took my thumb nail, put it right where the tarter ended and the gum began and I gave it a strong pull.
It came apart in two pieces. The Bichon was wondering what the two things were that were suddenly floating in her mouth. Luckily, she didn't eat it. Otherwise, I would never have been able to get this great picture.
Oh yeah, I failed at my attempt to pop the other side which resulted in a chipped nail.
Not my picture, but it shows a great difference between with and without.
Myra & Sophie dog