Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The FURminator

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This post is probably going to sound like a commercial.  If it does, so be it, but when I find a product I really love, I enjoy spreading the word.
With two German Shepherds and a cat, I am constantly fighting to keep one step ahead of the pet hair in my house.  Realistically, I should vacuum every day. 
My daughter, who is a vet tech, actually told me about this de-shedding tool/brush called the “FURminator” that reduces the amount of shedding by pulling out all the fine undercoat that most pet brushes leave behind.  Apparently, it is the undercoat that is the source of excessive shedding. 


When I looked at The FURminator in the pet store, I almost choked.  I wanted the medium sized tool so I could use it on the cat, as well as my German Shepherds, and it was almost $50.00!  I was very skeptical and did not believe any pet brush was worth that amount of money so I didn’t buy it. 
Each time I vacuumed the carpet or pulled out the broom to sweep my uncarpeted floors, I would find myself thinking about the FURminator so recently,  I decided to check eBay.  I was able to get a genuine FURminator, new, in a sealed package, off eBay for only $22.00 (including shipping).   Even $22.00 seemed like a lot of money for a “dog brush” but I was a little more willing to spend $22.00 to try it  rather than almost $50.00.


OH! MY! GOSH!  Let me assure you, this is no ordinary “dog brush!”  I was absolutely amazed at the amount of baby fine undercoat this brush pulled out of my dogs…and even the cat.  The more I combed, the more undercoat I got out.  It just kept coming out…and coming out… and coming out.
Believe me, the photos you see of animals surrounded by a big pile of hair after being combed with the FURminator are NOT exaggerated or contrived.  It is no sales gimmick.  It really is possible to remove that much hair/undercoat with this tool!

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Needless to say,  I immediately noticed a huge decrease in the amount of pet hair that was accumulating  on my carpet and floors.    Now, even if I have not vacuumed for 4 or 5 days, there is  very little pet hair.
Since I know so many of my blogging friends have pets, I wanted you to know about this amazing tool.  If you have seen the FURminator and were skeptical like I was, I’m here to say, do yourself a favor and GET ONE!
I do  highly recommend you  use this tool outdoors or in an area that is easy to vacuum though.  The undercoat hair it removes is so baby fine, it is difficult to control and contain.  It has a tendency to float and fly around everywhere and I’m sure you don’t want it landing on every horizontal surface inside  your house. 


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 furminator equineEquine FURminator


The FURminator website says the tool will work on all shedding dogs and even on some "hair-cut-only" dogs, like Terriers and Spaniels to coarsen the coat and blend clipper tracks. They also say the FURminator can be used on cats, rabbits, ferrets, horses and cattle.  However, there are a few breeds that are typically not good candidates for the FURminator  such as  Poodles, Shitzus, Maltese, Bichons, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Irish Water Spaniels. 
If you want to know more about this amazing de-shedding tool, you can go to the FURminator website.  
**Please note:  I have no affiliation with the company that makes the  FURminator,  nor have I received any compensation from them  to mention their product here.



Melanie said...

As I was reading your post here, I thought to myself - If I still had a dog, I would totallly try that. I remember the days of vacuming only to have dog hair tumbleweeds around the perimeter of the house only hours later.

Then, I scrolled down and saw your dog Bo in the sidebar. Oh my. My dog Sally could have been a twin! She is gone 2 years now and I'll miss her forever.

Mary said...

Hi Shari, I will just share in your testimony of how well this little gadget works. Our dog is small and short hair, and we still get a lot of fur out of it! So much better than a regular brush, I recommend it to all dog owners. The added bonus is less clogging of the vacuum, less sneezing, less dog fur on your clothes...and the list goes on. Well worth the money! That was so nice of you to share that - I never think to share something like that, but hey, that's what blogging is all about, right? Take care, Shari!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Thanks for the tip. I think I am going to look for one on eBay.


Shelia said...

HI Shari! Glad these brushes work for your little fuzzy babies! My little Chloe Dawn doesn't shed! Hallelujah! She's a min Schnauzer and that's just the way they are. Sometimes she scratches though and pulls out some hair! Such a little silly!
Thanks for popping in to see me,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy said...

Great tip, I cannot stand dog hair on everything. I don't have a dog, but I have a friend who has two collies and a cat, indoors. I will let her know about this gadget. Hugs, ~cindy s~

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

I bought one on ebay a couple of years ago & couldn't live without it now! It's the best invention since sliced bread! ☺ Diane

Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
Thanks so much for the informative post. My daughter also has 2 German Shepherds & a cat and all the hair they lose drives her crazy. I'll be sure to send her your recommendation. TFS! Sheila

Gayle said...

Oh man, that has Ziggy's name all over it!!
Thanks for passing along the tip.
Hope you're not working too hard today.
Have fun,

Lisa said...

These really are great. We use them at work and have lots of faithful users. Pricey but so worth it! My Aussie Shepherd mix didn't have to be brushed again for a month when I used it! Cool post!
Hugs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hey Shari!!
What a great post for all dog and kitty owners!
Our little dog Sammy hardly sheds but Bella our kitten (almost 6 months) may be a future user! I have been trying to comb her pretty regularly to help now.

Will definitely keep this info and try to always check ebay!


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