Furminator is one of the most successful and modern developments, designed for high-quality and most effective care for the coat of a pet. This tool greatly facilitates combing the dog and is perfect for different types of wool.
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Furminators for dogs are a tool that has well-sharpened and replaceable blades.. The working part of the tool is intended primarily for removing undercoat during the period of active molting of a pet. The appearance of such a comb resembles a rake with often located teeth, through which the spine easily passes. It is in the design features that the main difference between the furminator and any other types of dog hairs, which remove the falling hairs, but are not able to effectively cope with the deep-lying undercoat of the animal.
Recently, furminators have become simply an indispensable tool not only for everyone who owns show animals, but also for the owners of absolutely any purebred four-legged pets. The improved combing option perfectly removes the undercoat, quickly and easily relieves the dog from the severity of excess wool, prevents the formation of tangles or stalling, prevents the hair from getting into the pieces of furniture and interior, as well as the floor covering or clothing.
It is interesting! Compared to traditional hair puffiners for dogs, modern furminators do not traumatize the awn, leaving the wool smooth and even, but remove all excess hair as much as possible.
Regular use of the furminator is a great way to protect your pet from dangerous overheating in the summer, and also allows you to normalize heat metabolism and skin breathing in any season. In winter, the use of such a tool facilitates the growth of a healthy coat and minimizes the risk of the appearance of various ectoparasites, often causing numerous skin infections in dogs. Among other things, after combining furminator, the appearance of a pet becomes noticeably better.
Types of furminators
Furminators manufactured today differ in blade width, the dimensions of which are most often 45 mm, 67 mm or 10-13 cm:
- small or “toy tool” with a standard working surface width in the range of 30-50 mm. This type of furminator is designed to care for small breeds of dogs, including spitz, dachshund, pekinese and welsh corgi, and can also be used to comb cats, decorative rabbits or guinea pigs;
- medium tool with a blade width within 60-90 mm. This type of furminator is acquired by owners of medium breed dogs represented by a border collie, a cocker spaniel, a chow chow, and also a basset hound;
- A large tool with a blade sized 11-14 cm is very convenient for combing the largest breeds of dogs, including Akita Inu, Sheepdogs, Malamute, Setters and a Giant Schnauzer. Such a furminator is capable of covering fairly large areas, which significantly reduces the care time for a four-legged pet.
The furminators currently being implemented are represented by two main series: Classic and DeLuhe. For the classic series is characterized by reliable monolithic construction and a fairly low price, amounting to about one and a half thousand rubles.
Important! It should be noted that the tool is suitable for combing dogs with undercoat, including schnauzers, labradors, golden retrievers, but is not recommended for use for pets lacking undercoat – shih-tzu, poodles, bullets, and a silky Australian terrier.
Tools from the DeLuxe series are distinguished by a more ergonomic handle that reduces the level of pressure on the hand, as well as a special button that allows you to easily remove wool from the blade. This version of the furminator is much higher – about two or three thousand rubles. Nevertheless, the quality of combing with the tools Classic and DeLuhe is about the same, which is due to the unified principle of the device.
Advantages and disadvantages
Furminators allow you to easily and quickly solve the problems of the presence of wool and hair on furniture and clothing, as well as significantly improve the appearance of the four-legged pet. This tool is perfect for professional grooming of animals with a well-marked and abundant undercoat, but at the same time, the maximum simplicity of the design allows the tool to be used not only by dog grinders, but also by simple dog owners.
Due to the special structure of the working part, the tool effectively removes the undercoat during the active shedding period, and works exclusively against the already dead hairs on the lower layer. At the same time, all living shafts and hairs of the undercoat remain completely intact.. Thus, approximately ninety percent of the faded wool is removed by means of such a modern instrument within a week, approximately for five uses.
It is interesting! Indisputable advantages of a correctly selected furminator are a soft massage of the pet’s skin, as well as an even distribution of protective secretion in the form of natural fat throughout the dog’s coat.
According to dog owners and veterinary specialists, any original furminators do not have tangible flaws. However, the tangible disadvantages of such a tool designed to care for pets can be attributed to the relatively high cost of the device. Among other things, the improved design of the comb is not suitable for combing dogs of some breeds.
Does all dogs fit
Of course, the furminator is a tool that is not suitable for absolutely all dogs, therefore its use in grooming is prohibited in the following cases:
- the period of exacerbation of animal dermatological diseases;
- the dog has pronounced allergic reactions provoked by individual intolerance to the materials used in the manufacture of the instrument;
- the presence of wound surfaces or pustular infection on the skin of the pet;
- excessively curly or too thick coat and undercoat of a dog.
Veterinarians categorically do not recommend the use of furminators for the care of the so-called "naked" dog breeds, as well as Yorkies, the Portuguese water dog and the Bichon Frize, Chinese Crested and Maltese lapdog, curly-haired retriever.
Choosing the right Furminator
The novelty of the pet industry is represented in a rather large assortment and in a different price category. In most cases, the owners acquire a quality, but affordable tool.
There are more expensive models equipped with a button to replace the blade.. However, such an expensive furminator is not the best choice, since the button that facilitates the operation of the device often fails, as a result of which the blade is loosened and the design becomes flimsy. For this reason, many experts recommend to give preference to monolithic models with standard bolting blade.
The highly efficient work of the original FURminator caused not only a huge demand for such devices, but also the mass production of low-quality fakes. Some fake tools with their design and design only vaguely resemble original products, but a large number of fakes can be categorized as almost exact copies of the device.
It is interesting! Fake furminators are inconvenient to use, often break, very badly comb the coat of an animal, and the blade of such a device often causes irritation and scratches the skin, deteriorating the structure of the dog’s hair.
For long-haired breeds
For long-haired pets represented by the breeds: Hovawart, Australian Shepherd, Groenendael, Swiss Shepherd, Russian Greyhound, Afghan Hound, Golden Retriever and Kuvasz, it is best to purchase models with a large work surface.
For short-haired breeds
For short-haired dogs, including rabbit and dwarf dachshund, German boxer, Tosa-inu, Amstaff, smooth-haired fox terrier, kangal, Russian and Estonian hounds, the best option is a furminator with smaller and fairly densely located teeth.
Using a Furminator
In addition to the correct choice of device for combing dogs, it is very important to familiarize yourself with the basic principles of its correct use, which are set out in the instructions attached to the tool:
- grooming with a furminator is carried out exclusively on the dried coat of the dog;
- Before you start combing, you must make sure that there are no mats or adhered debris on the scalp;
- to soften the mats, use a special shampoo or a regular mahogany;
- Scratching is done strictly in the direction of growth of the coat;
- The working surface of the instrument should be regularly cleaned of wool by hand or with a special button located on the ergonomic handle;
- after grooming, the instrument is washed with a soap solution and rinsed with clean running water, and then thoroughly dried and put into a case;
- Before packing in the case, the device should be surely closed with a special cap, which is supplied with each original furminator.
Dogs of long-haired breeds are recommended to be combed with a furminator on a daily basis, regardless of the molting period.. Shorthair dogs, it is desirable to comb this tool about a couple of times a week.
General rules and principles
When choosing and applying the furminator, you need to adhere to some rules and principles. In the domestic market of zootools, several devices from well-established manufacturers are among the most popular:
The brand FURminator Ink is preferred by professionals. Such a tool of the American manufacturer is made of the strongest modern alloy, which does not rust or deform in the course of long-term operation.
The principle of operation of all furminators does not imply the cutting of hairs undercoat. These hairs are picked up by the tool and lifted above the coat, while the guard hairs slip between the teeth. All manufacturers offer in the line of tools, equipped with short or long teeth with different density of their location, which allows the owner of the dog with any type of wool to choose the optimal model.
Preparation for combing out
Despite the fact that the use of furminator in caring for a dog does not require special knowledge or professional skills, so that combing is as efficient as possible, you should perform the correct preparation of your pet.
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It is advisable to first bathe your pet, dry the wool well and comb it out with a regular brush that disentangles the hair, then apply the furminator. If the coat is dirty or clogged with dust, the teeth of the tool quickly become clogged, and the blades can pick up an awn.
Animals with not too long hair are combed from top to bottom. Any long-haired pets should be combed "in layers."
In the direction of the bottom-up, with the transition above only after the entire row has been combed out completely below. Only after the animal has become accustomed to the operation of the instrument can such a procedure be performed quickly and as effectively as possible.
It is interesting! Russian consumers highly appreciated the instrument of the Chinese brand Kudi, the device of which has a comfortable rubberized handle, and the mounting of the blade is made with the help of bolts, which increases the reliability of the furminator.