All about furminator for dogs in one article. What are, how to choose, how to use and how often. And what breeds are NOT suitable.
What it is
The unique invention of the professional American groomer Angie Porter "FURminator" looks like an ordinary comb-rake with only very small curved metal teeth. Pointed teeth on the blade of a fuminator seize loose hairs of the undercoat, without affecting the immature hairs and awn.
The advantages of the furminator over similar tools for grooming:
- quickly and painlessly removes dead hair undercoat, without affecting the covering and guard hair;
- accelerates the process of molting the animal up to 90%;
- the regular procedure of brushing the cover with a furminator prevents the occurrence of tangles and stalling;
- the processing of strands by the furminator ensures an even distribution of sebum over the entire length of the animal’s coat;
- in the process of combing the undercoat with a furminator, the process of blood supply to the skin of the animal is improved;
- Proper furring treatment of fur does not injure the skin and does not violate the structure of hair coat.
The furminator greatly facilitates the care of the pet’s coat during periods of molting and throughout the year.
The modern models of fuminators vary in size, length of teeth on the instrument blade, and construction. Equally important is the manufacturer of the device.
Depending on the size, the following types of furminators are distinguished:
- X-small – with a blade width of 3.2 cm for dogs weighing up to 4.5 kg;
- Small – with a blade width of 4.5 cm for dogs weighing up to 9 kg;
- Medium – with a blade width of 6.7 cm for dogs weighing up to 23 kg;
- Large – with a blade width of 10.2 cm for dogs weighing up to 40 kg;
- X-Large – with a blade width of 12.7 cm for dogs weighing more than 41 kg.
Some manufacturers present a range of sizes only Small, Medium, Large.
Also furminators differ in the length of the teeth on the working part of the instrument:
- combs with long teeth – designed for long-haired dogs with a coat length of 5 cm;
- combs with short teeth – suitable for short-haired dogs with a hair length of up to 5 cm.
Manufacturers of modern furminators have provided various tool designs. In addition to the comb with a solid handle, there are universal devices 2in1, with removable nozzles, blades for combing animals with different types of wool.
Currently, among the huge range of furminators there are many fakes. Cheap counterparts of the original device are usually made of inexpensive materials, so the efficiency and service life of counterfeit tools is not high.
When choosing a furminator, you should pay attention to the tools of the following manufacturers:
- FURminator Ink (USA);
- Trixie (Germany);
- Foolee (France);
- Vivog (France);
- Hello Pet (Taiwan);
- Kudi (China).
Who does not suit the furminator
Unfortunately, this useful tool is not universal. Furminator is contraindicated for animals with poorly developed and absent undercoat.
Application is contraindicated for animals with thin, curly or curly hair. In this case, the use of the device can disrupt the structure and quality of wool.
For pets with hard wool furminator can be used, however, breeders and experienced owners of wire-haired terriers and schnauzers claim that the use of this device is unacceptable for show individuals. Even the best quality trimmer can cut an awn and disrupt the cover structure.
For animals with long flowing hair, this device is also not suitable, since the sharp teeth of the instrument can lead to a cross-section or cutting of the hair, as well as to a violation of the structure of the hair.
Breeds that cannot be combed, using a furminator:
- American Water Spaniel;
- Irish Water Spaniel;
- Portuguese water dog,
- bedlington terrier;
- Kerry Blue Terrier;
- poodle (large, small, miniature, toy poodle, including a string poodle);
- Curly Coated Retriever;
- bichon frize;
- Levkhen (small lion dog);
- Coton de Tulear;
- Chinese Crested Dog;
- Bergamo Shepherd Dog (Bergamasko);
- Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier;
- dandy dinmont terrier;
- Yorkshire Terrier;
- Afghan Hound;
- lhasa apso;
- shih tzu;
- Japanese hin.
Also, the use of the device is contraindicated for animals with lesions of the skin.
How to choose a furminator
When choosing a furminator for your pet, you need to take into account the characteristics of the coat and size of the animal:
- for dogs with hairs longer than 5 cm, choose a tool with long teeth marked with Long Hair;
- for dogs with hairs less than 5 cm long, choose a tool with the Short Hair label;
- When choosing a tool, you should also consider the size of the animal – the larger the dog, the larger the working part of the tool.
Also, when choosing a furminator, you should pay attention to the following details:
- The working part of a high-quality tool is made of high-strength steel – the tool teeth should not be deformed, rust or break during operation.
- You should also pay attention to the shape of the teeth – with the right tool, the working part of the blade is slightly rounded, with the fake one – straight.
- On the blade of the original tools "FURminator" on the blade must indicate marking and a unique device number.
- The quality device has a durable rubberized handle with a metal rod inside.
- Devices with removable nozzles and the ability to change the blade is very easy to use, however, the working part of the device is quickly loosened and becomes unusable.
Quality analog and cheap fake – not the same thing. As a rule, the prices for a fake tool are greatly underestimated, the minimum price of a high-quality instrument is 1000-1500 rubles.
How to use a furminator
It is recommended to treat the dog with a furminator during periods of molting 1-2 times a month, as well as in the off-season, but not more than 8 times a year. Too frequent procedures for the treatment of animal cover can lead to the formation of bald patches, skin irritation and disruption of the coat structure.
Using a furminator is very simple. Before combing and removing dead hairs, you must prepare a pet.
Instructions for dogs with short hair:
- Pet with smooth and short hair before treatment should be bathed, dried cover with a towel or hairdryer;
- after the dog’s hair is completely dry, you must comb it with a regular brush and carefully examine the skin of the animal and make sure that the skin of the animal is not damaged or irritated;
- gently comb the region of the body from neck to tail;
- further, the pet should be combed from the center of the back to the sides, to the stomach and to the extremities;
- handle the head should be very carefully, without pressure and sudden movements.
When handling a pet with a coat longer than 5 cm, follow the separate instructions:
- inspect the animal for the presence of tangles and damage to the skin;
- Pieces and fallen patches should be carefully disentangled with a mite cutter, a comb, as a last resort, they will have to be cut off;
- wash and dry the pet’s coat thoroughly;
- long hair should be combed from bottom to top along the growth of hairs, lifting layer after layer and moving from the abdomen to the spine;
- After processing the body, you should carefully comb the limbs, tail, neck and pet’s head.
Treat the cover on the head and limbs of the animal, it is better to use an instrument with short teeth and a smaller working surface.
Regardless of the type of dog cover, you can not handle a pet against the growth of coat. Movement should be soft and smooth. Too sharp movements and pressure when working with the tool can cause damage to the skin and disruption of the axial hair structure.
Share your comments in the comments