Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the The FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs. We first learned of this tool from our vet back when we had our Siberian Husky named Lakota. Let me tell you there is shedding and then there is Husky Shedding. It is like living with two Chows, a Sheep Dog and a German Shepard at one time! How one relatively small animal can make so much hair is beyond me.
So our vet proceeded to brush him and we were sold, enough fluffy undercoat to make a small pillow came off in a few minutes. We bought one, of course the mark up was very high. When we later found them in pet stores they were still very expensive. We started using some off brand versions, and most were good, not as good but good enough.
Now this is why I love the free market. FURminator was able to keep its hold on some of its really unique stuff with patents but the basic concept is pretty simple. So a bunch of Chinese hack shops and creative American entrepreneurs emulated it and sold a good product for a much lower price. Instead of acting like a child and suing over an “idea” FURminator understood they were no longer alone in the market, adjusted pricing, still charges a bit more but now their price is fair for the product. Well in almost every instance.
For some reason they are still charging 45 dollars for the “Giant Size Short Hair” version the good news is you don’t need it, and it isn’t that much bigger than the Large Size anyway. For some odd reason the long hair giant one is no where nears as expensive.
So how much is the large sized one now that I scared you with 45 bucks for a freaking dog brush? Try this, $14.89 while similar knock offs like the Brandismo Groomer sell for just a couple dollars less at $12.97. It is almost like the free market works or something crazy like that.
So why not just save the buck ninety two and buy the knock off, I mean a buck is a buck right? Yes but the FURminator is better and more that two dollars so. The first reason is unlike the knock offs the FURminator can be bought for short or long hair dogs. You make that call this way, if your dogs majority of hair (specifically undercoat) is 2 inches or longer buy the long.
If it is shorter on average buy the short version. In my experience if you are borderline buy the long. What you don’t want to do is use the long version on a truly short haired dog or it can irritate the skin. Personally we have the giant long hair model (17 bucks) for Lucy and Max (she is only 50 pounds and he is about 150) and it works fine for both of them. We have a large short hair model (like 10 bucks) for Charlie. Unless your dog is really small the large size seems best all around to me.
The amount of hair this thing removes is unbelievable. The image below is from a Amazon Customer’s Review. It is not an exaggeration, trust me we find dog hair in birds nests around our farm when Dorothy bushes Max during his spring blow outs.
There are a variety of sizes you can select from Extra Small to Giant. The price changes with options of short and long as size but everything is in the 10-17 dollar range except the short hair giant one which again is 45 bucks. I think the people at FURminator still haven’t gotten the memo on that one! The rest are just great and very good values for the price.
The other big advantage of FURminator over knock offs is the hair removal button. You push it with your thumb and a mechanism pushes the hair out of the fine comb. You still need to pull it out by hand but it makes getting the comb fully clear a lot easier. And that is the key to getting the most out of brushing your pups with the FURminator, clean it out as you go often.
So if you have had enough of dog hair or cat hair, yes they work on cats too and even have a cat specific model (though I think it is just the small dog one in a different color, marketing and all you know), check out the FURminator today. Keep in mind this is a product with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 10,000 yea, 10 fricken thousand reviews on Amazon. Add to that it has a A grade on Fakespot and it is hard to find a product more well loved by its customers. Try it and you will understand why.
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P.S. – This is a great video showing this product work. The resolution is poor and the music is like really bad 70s porn or something but this is the best video with the most variety of dogs being brushed I could find, yea it really and I mean really is the best thing on the market.