Now you know I am very sceptical when it comes to new dog gadgets but today I tried a Furminator for the very first time.
Don’t know what they are? Well, if you have a dog that moults a lot, then in my opinion you need one. It’s not often that I would give a product shameless promotion and I was sent one for trial by Nic and Gary, my pals off Twitter. Now, let’s be open and honest here – they have a lot of Furminators for sale at £9.99 each. Take a look at how much they are in the pet shop… at my local one they are nearly 40 quid…aargh – so if you decide you want one from Nicola, send her an email quickly saying what you would like (medium or large). More details on getting one for yourself below. Anyway here are my findings:
What Furminator says:
“Quickly and easily removes the undercoat and loose hair on long and short-haired dogs. The unique stainless steel edge gently works without damaging or cutting the topcoat; guaranteed to reduce shedding better than any brush, comb or rake.” You can see Furminator in action here
So that’s the blurb… I wanted to check this out for myself. What does Furminator actually do?!
First of all I tried it on Daisy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who has quite a curly coat and often gets tangles if you don’t groom her daily. Daisy had already been combed through by the way. After only a few strokes (gentle ones!) with the Furminator a lot of coat came out – fluffy stuff that usually is the culprit for matting. Daisy did squawk at one point because the comb was a ‘large’ and probably would have been better off with a small or medium as it removed a fair portion in one go. Nevertheless, impressed despite my reservations. Score? 4 out of 5
Next – Jack the Golden Retriever. He needs a lot of grooming and is a fluffball of a dog – gorgeous fellow. Well! In the end I decided to stop because the Furminator got so much hair out, I decided to work over a few days instead of all in one go. Again I had already just brushed him through with his normal brushes. Score: 6 out of 5, this dog needs one of these.
Next – Bonnie – silky fur, tiny dog, still leaves black fluff everywhere and I usually comb her with a cat slicker brush. Clearly the furminator was way too big so I very gently experimented and again it seemed to leave the top coat alone and just remove the fluffy undercoat. Score: 4 out of 5, but she isn’t a heavy moulting dog anyway.
My burning questions were:
- Did it cut the coat? Didn’t seem to! It just seemed to ‘drag out’ the loose hair
- Did it work better than my normal trusty rake/slicker/comb combo. Well, yes it did, and to be honest I was a bit gobsmacked.
- Did it hurt the dog or cause bald patches? I was a bit enthusiastic with Daisy as I said above and she did squeak a bit. I learned to use the furminator a bit more loosely and that suited her a lot better.
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