Years ago, when I only had Chester, one of my friends recommend I get a Furminator deShedding Tool. I went to the pet store and looked at them but I was scared.
They looked really sharp and pointy. I thought it would go right through Chester’s thin fur and scrape his sensitive skin. I gave up.
Fast forward years later and I had a chance to try the ShedMonster deShedding Tool, which claimed to be gentler on your dog’s skin. It didn’t work for us at all. I gave up again.
This past week when I went to BlogPaws I had a chance to meet some people at the Furminator product booth. They offered to give me a tool to try if I agreed to share what I thought on my blog. The Furminator claims to reduce shedding up to 90% and, after the failure with the ShedMonster, I was getting desperate.
The tool they gave me was really for a short-haired cat….but Chester and Gretel are short haired and about the size of a cat It’s the same one as the Small Dog Short Hair deShedding Tool anyway… just a different color.
The brush is still as pointy as it was years ago.
I tried it on both Chester and Gretel and it slid through the top coat to grab the loose fur underneath but did not appear to touch the skin. Gretel and Chester don’t have much fat and I was so happy when it did not scrape the skin when gliding over their bones.
The best part was – it worked! I used the brush on Gretel for about a minute and it pulled out a good clump of hair.
To get the hair out of the brush, all you have to do is push a button in the back and it pushes it out.
I think I am in love with this brush. I have high hopes for finding less hair around the house from now on and being able to sweep even less often.
The only problem is that I am busy and lazy so I don’t know how consistent I will be with using it. Ha, ha. Why can’t they make some kind of magic soap or spray you can use to stop the shedding or a tool that Chester and Gretel can use themselves? Ha, ha.
Note: Remember to check out the Furminator website to select the Tool that matches the size and coat length of your dog. The Small Dog Short Hair deShedding Tool we reviewed is for dogs up to 20 lbs with a coat shorter than 2 inches.
Have you ever use the Furminator tool? Tell us what you thought.