Furminator Deshedding Tool Review
There’s no doubt about it, we all love our furbabies. But sometimes we could use a little less fur on our babies, especially in the springtime when it seems possible to brush a whole ‘
And if you want a deshedding tool that’s worth beans, then keep reading because we’ve brought you this Furminator deshedding tool review to help you understand how it’s different from other de-shedders, whether it’s worth the money, and how it can benefit the lives of you and your little sheddy monster. 🙂
Who Needs a Deshedding Tool?
If you don’t mind, let us answer that question with some questions.
- Does your dog’s fur stay firmly attached to their body?
- Does your dog have hair instead of fur, (like a Shih Tzu or a Poodle)?
- Do you enjoy the healthy coating of dog fur covering your couches, carpets, and clothing?
If you answered yes to those questions then congratulations you could probably do without the deshedding tool. But for the rest of us, a deshedding tool can be a game-changer.
Deshedding tools are useful for both cats and dogs. They can significantly reduce the amount of vacuuming, lint rolling, and other hair clean-up you are probably currently spending your valuable time on (by up to 90%). And they can reduce the frequency of cat hairballs! We’re mostly going to talk about dogs from here on out, but if you’re a cat lover, the Furminator deshedding tool can benefit you and your feline friends too!
Undercoats and Overcoats
A lot of our favorite, fluffy doggies come with two coats. An overcoat and an undercoat. The overcoat is also called a guard coat and it consists of longer, coarser hair. The undercoat is soft, fluffy and shorter. Many dogs that were bred in cold climates have an undercoat to help protect them from the cold.
Notable breeds with undercoats include golden & Labrador retrievers, huskies, German shepherds, and many, many others. In fact, there are many more double-coated dogs than single coated ones.
Double coated dogs generally shed all year round with a big ‘blow-out’ shed in the spring and fall as they transition between summer and winter coats. If you own one of these dogs, you’ll likely see an increase in discarded fur when it’s time for the ‘blow-out’ shed.
Only using a regular brush on your dog is not suitable because the guard coat will do exactly that, it will guard the undercoat from the brush prevent you from getting it out and throwing it away before it falls out on its own and collects into little fur bunnies on the floor.
Mechanics of the Furminator
Enter the Furminator. The very name inspires fear in the hearts of all the fur-bunnies currently lurking underneath your piano bench. In contrast to dog brushes, the Furminator acts as more of a rake to reach under the topcoat and dislodge all the loose undercoat fur.
It is composed of a nice ergonomic handle, a deshedding edge and a furejector button that can be pushed to expel any fur that has built up in the Furminator. The deshedding edge is essentially long thin teeth with a skin guard that allow it to safely remove the loose hair without damaging your pet’s coat or cutting the skin.
Our Personal Seal of Approval
We love the Furminator more than any other deshedding tool or brush that we have tried. And before we found the Furminator we tried a lot! Other tools just weren’t able to catch the fur as efficiently and easily as the Furminator did. The fur practically slides out of the coat like butter.
From the very first comb through, we saw a difference. And the best part about it? Our resident runway rovers love how it feels. Our golden retriever Sandy held still
We found the Furminator to be sturdy and well-designed. It is easy to hold and weighted just right in order to slide easily across the dogs’ coat. It does not have any small pieces that could break or bend so it will last for years!
With a light touch, we were able to brush nearly every bit of Sandy’s coat although we wouldn’t recommend using the Furminator too close to the face or other delicate areas.
In order to greatly reduce the amount of loose hair you find around your house, we recommend following the Furminator directed pet grooming schedule. Brush daily, de-shed weekly, and bathe monthly.
We also recommend following the directions for use exactly as they are outlined by Furminator in order to work safely and avoid causing injury to your pet.
- Only use the Furminator on a dry coat as it will not work well on wet fur.
- Make sure that your pet has no sores, bruises or skin conditions. It is very important to check closely as these types of things can be concealed by the fur.
- Remove any tangles or mats in your pets’ hair before deshedding
- Gently stroke the Furminator down your pets coat in the direction of his hair growth starting from the head and working down toward the rump.
- Do not use excessive pressure as this could cause soreness on your pet’s skin
The Furminator worked so easily and naturally for us that we had no inclination to use excessive pressure. Fur slid out with almost no pressure at all!
We have found that using the Furminator immediately after bathing and drying the pet helps loosen hair and bring it closer to the surface to make for an even easier deshedding session.
Be aware that you will likely have piles and piles of dog hair once you’re done deshedding so it’s best to conduct the session outdoors to keep dog hair from migrating all over the house, that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid, remember? Or, if it’s cold outside, arm yourself with the Furminator in one hand and the vacuum tube in the other and vacuum up all the fur immediately as it’s removed.
Furminator also offers a vacuum attachment but we found it to be easily clogged by the sheer volume of hair removed by the deshedder. It may work better for pets with less hair or smaller pets. Simply holding the vacuum tube worked quite well.
Which One Should I Buy?
Purchase the size based on your pets size and hair length.
The Furminator deshedding tool comes in 5 sizes for dogs from extra small to giant, and 2 sizes for cats. For each size, you can buy either the short hair version or the long hair version. If your dog or cat has hair longer than 2 inches the long hair size is right for you.
You can purchase the Furminator deshedding tool in many pet stores including Petco and Petsmart. And you can also find it online. PLEASE, BE AWARE that there are counterfeit versions circulating around the market, they are usually 10-20 dollars cheaper than they should be, and if you purchase one, it will not work as well and could be dangerous to your pet.
We know that you won’t regret it. When used correctly in a regular grooming routine the Furminator deshedding tool could reduce the amount of loose fur to clean up around the house by up to 90%. Not to mention your furbaby will be grateful to get that itchy dead fur out of their coat as soon as possible! Your doggo will thank you!
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