For th medium sized FURminator:
Innovative grooming tool for long- and short-haired dogs and cats
1-2/3-inch stainless-steel edge quickly and easily removes loose undercoat hair
Decreases shedding up to 90 percent for about … see full wiki
I recently got a new dog and was worried about her shedding in the house. A sales person at a local pet store recommended Furminator as a substitute for a brush. I was a little skeptical about its effectiveness, but after seeing such high ratings and great reviews about it, I thought I would try it. This goes normally for $49 (for medium), but I found a $25 deal at drugstores.com.
When you "brush" the dog with this tool, it grabs lots of hair, supposedly all the inner loose hair, without grabbing the outer coat. Since it is not a "brush", as you brush your dog, you will just see crumps of hair on the floor. It looks almost as if you are shaving the dog.
When I first tried this, I still saw hair on our floor. Not knowing how much dogs normally shed, I thought this didn't live up to the hype. And then two weeks later after giving my dog a bath (my dog was spayed, so I had to wait 2 weeks for the bath), I noticed a ton of loose hair on her. I could literally see loose hair falling as I pet her. In horror, I grabbed the Furminator and brushed her for 10 minutes or so and collected a tennis ball size of hair. I still saw hair on the floor after that, but there was no visible loose hair on her, and definitely much less hair on the floor.
Con is that my dog is not too crazy about my using this tool on her. I really need to hold her down or give her a bone to brush her down. Even with a bone, after 5-10 minutes, she is done. She is much better with regular brush, so I'm not sure if this tool feels a little uncomfortable for her.
Now I need to find a vacuum cleaner that works well on hardwood floor and pet hair. :-)
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