Archive for the 'Furminator' Category

August 7, 2008
Dog Traveling

Alot of people traveling in RVs – fulltimers, partimers and weekenders alike – bring their doggies along for the trip. What do you do to keep your mutt looking pretty on the road? What happens when you let Fluffy out to do her business, and she comes back with a coat full of burrs and mud?

Even if you are just road tripping in a car, it pays to have a little ‘grooming emergency kit’ tucked away somewhere. These are the essentials:

1. Fine-Tooth Comb – you can work out the burrs before they get really entwined with any plastic comb. Just don’t yank on your poor dog – be gentle!

2. Dog brush – once you have the burrs out, brush through the fur to remove leaves, dirt, and mud.  Use tools like the furminator to remove dead undercoat.

3. A small scissors is a lifesaver if there are matts.

4. Tweezers to remove the thorns and spines. Check your dogs feet every time you think of it – a thorn could become an infected abscess if neglected.

5. Baby Wipes are great for touch-ups between baths, for wiping eye boogers – and can really help out when you see any dangling dookie (you DON’T want THAT in your vehicle)!

6. A small spray bottle of doggie cologne, to help cover up any odors from Fido rolling in the cow pies. Find a scent you like since it will linger in the car or RV with you – there are hundreds to choose from; something for everybody. I am partial to the Christmas Spice-type scents…plus, after Christmas, you can probably buy a bunch of bottles on sale and use all year.

July 19, 2008

Animals shed to get rid of old, damaged, or extra hair. They normally grow a heavy coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair in the summer. However, dogs will also shed broken or damaged hair, and if their skin is irritated from conditions such as allergies, they will also shed excessively. Read these tips for keeping your dog’s skin and hair healthy to reduce shedding as well as effectively removing the hair.

STEP 1) Bathe your dog regularly. Try using a gentle oatmeal shampoo. A clean dog means a healthier coat, which means less shedding.
STEP 2) Brush your pet! Slicker brushes and blades are specific made for the types of coats that shed excessively.  Use a tool like the furminator to get rid of that dead undercoat.
STEP 3) Try giving your dog vitamins to keep thier coat healthy and strong. A stronger fur means less scratching, less thinning, less shedding.
STEP 4) If your pet is scratching because of tics and fleas, you will notice a lot more hair around the house. keep it under control with supplements like vita caps and biotin. Always have your pet wear a collar as well.
STEP 5) Pay attention to your dog’s diet. table food is the worst thing you can do for their shedding and health. I am not talking about a cut up chicken breast but some people, all they give them is table food. Not good. Dogs do not need fat from steak or pork chops or ribs.
STEP 6)  Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’ s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food with good digestible protein sources

July 18, 2008


by Rose Lenk

Brush your dog often

Brushing will stimulate oils in your pets skin & keep it moist & healthy. Brushing will prevent matting of your dogs coat. Brushing is a great way to show your dog attention. Brushing eliminates dead hair in the coat that contributes to shedding, so use tools like the furminator to get the job done right.

Maintain the length of your dogs nails

You can walk your dog often to wear down nails. Clip your dogs nails on a regular basis. If they are cut too short they can bleed & sting. Groomers usually charge a little less than veterinarians to cut nails. If you believe your dog will be aggressive about getting their nails cut it is best to take them to the veterinarian.

Bathe your dog regularly

Buy dog shampoos & conditioners from pet stores. Do not use flea & tick shampoos unless your pet needs them, they can dry out your pets skin. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly, leaving soap on skin can cause problems. Bathing a dog with knots & mats will worsen them, be sure to eliminate these before or immediately after the bath. When drying your dog use low heat. Dogs are sensitive to burning, keep this in mind while adjusting water temperature. Bathing your dog will cut down on chances of infestations of fleas & ticks. Place cotton in your dogs ears before bathing. Often water in the ears can lead to ear infections. By washing away dead hair, regular bathing reduces shedding of your dogs coat.

Keep your dogs ears clean

Do this with dog ear cleaner bought from any pet store. Put a small amount of ear cleaner on a cotton ball and swab outer surface of the inner ear. Keeping your dogs ears clean & dry will reduce chance of ear infections & ear mites. You can also buy ear wipes from any pet store to keep your dogs ears clean. Dog groomers & veterinarians can also clean your pets ears for you. Many longhaired dogs grow hair in their ears that needs to be pulled to prevent ear infections. This hair can be gently pulled out with hemostats. Most people leave this to their groomer or vet.

Grooming Your Dog

Author: gibbywmu
July 18, 2008

 by Shaan Randow 

Dogs take care of some of their grooming needs on their own, but still need a helping hand from their owners. Taking the time to groom your dog on a regular basis has its own rewards; it strengthens your bond with her and allows you to notice health problems before they become serious. If you find your dog won’t sit still for an ear-to-tail going over, do one task each day. As she gets used to you handling her, you can begin to combine tasks so that you spend your time more efficiently.

Licking, scratching and shaking are ways dogs keep their coats clean and somewhat free of debris. A good brushing performed by you will keep her fur clean and free from painfully matted hair. Longhaired dogs should be brushed every day, to prevent tangles in their fur.  Always use a brush that removes the dead undercoat of the dog.  The Furminator is a great new tool for this. Dogs with shorthair or smooth coats can be brushed once each week. Some dogs love the massage of a good brushing, but others take a while to get used to it. If your dog tries to escape while being brushed, get her used to it in small steps. Start by just running the brush along her coat two or three times while you talk to her in a happy voice. Give her a treat at the end of the session. Each time you work with her, increase the length of time you brush her.

As you brush your dog, run your hands through her fur down to the skin to look for plant debris and fleas. If you notice lots of dark specks on her skin, she has fleas. The specks are flea droppings. A very obvious amount of droppings indicates a flea infestation that should be treated immediately. As you brush the hair on and around her tail, look for rice-like debris. These are usually a sign that your dog has worms of one sort or another. You will need to have her checked by your veterinarian to determine the type of worm and get the proper medication.

Dental problems are common in dogs. To avoid costly veterinary treatments, keep your dog’s teeth in top shape by brushing her teeth each day. You can use a child’s toothbrush, or a finger toothbrush designed for use on pet’s teeth. Be sure to only use toothpaste labelled for use on pets; human toothpaste can be toxic to your dog. In addition to brushing, give your dog rawhide chews to gnaw on-they help keep her teeth and gums healthy.

Some grooming tasks don’t need to be done everyday. Ears and nails can be checked weekly and monthly, respectively. Once each week, look inside your dog’s ears. If you see coffee-ground-like specks, your dog may have ear mites. You should check your dog’s nails at least once each month. If you walk your dog frequently on sidewalks, she is probably wearing her nails down on the concrete. However, it is important to check to be sure they have not grown too long. Dogs with overgrown nails develop physical problems as they shift their weight as they walk to avoid discomfort. You can learn the proper way to clip your dog’s nails from a standard pet care book, or your veterinarian.

July 11, 2008


If your dog is shedding and you want to control the shedding even to a lesser amount there are a few things you need to consider.

Look at what you are feeding your dog. Is the food good and nutritious? Does it have a lot of fillers? Is there a good amount of fat content in the food? Your dog’s food should not have a lot of fillers like corn or wheat as a primary ingredient. Also if you read “meal” as one of the main ingredients you may also be wondering how full of actual good items the food actually is. Your dog should also have fat in the food. Contrary to what we consume, dogs need fat in their diet to maintain a healthy coat of hair and keep their glands producing oils their coat needs.

Does your dog stay inside mostly and go outside only for potty breaks or is he outside a lot? The more he is in and out in an artificial climate will keep your dog guessing whether the temperature is getting colder or warmer.

Let us face it, all dogs shed to some degree and many are known to shed very heavy. If you have one of those types of dogs and your friends are horrified to come to your house do not worry you can use products on the market also to reduce the amount of hair Fido is losing.

One of the greatest tools on the market today is the furminator, which helps to reduce the shedding up to 90 percent, be removing the loose, dead undercoat without damaging the topcoat.

Grooming can be a bonding time with your dog and should be done at least once a week. The more often your dog does it the less excess hair you will see in your house and your dog will look better as well.

Try to allow 15 minutes to thoroughly groom your dog but you can do a quick groom in as little as 60 seconds a day.