I was wondering if any of you use the FURminator brush. Is it this good for a Labrador or not? What type of brush do you use to help removing the undercoat that is loose and it will end up on the floor anyway. They are expensive so I want to make sure it is worth it and at the same time that I won't be hurting her fur or skin.
Furminators are effective, but can easily damage the dogs fur. Really, all they are is a clipper blade on a handle. I use one occaisionally, but find the Zoom Groom and a shedding blade just as effective and they do not damage the coat. If you really want to go theFurminator route, there are cheaper knock offs that are essentially the same thing.
Karen and the gang
BBI Kodi's Journey To Anotch (Journey)
BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)
Just this past week I bought a brush called Pet Zoom from Kmart - about $15. I was able to defuzz my eleven month old in about 15 minutes. Two settings, depends on how deeply you want to brush, and a button that truly cleans out the fur so it drops in the trash. I was happily thinking she was not going to blow her coat this year since she hadn't so far but last week was her first experience with 90 degree heat and out came all the fur. There is an optional attachment with a blade. I used that for my long haired cat. It did not take off much but cleaned up a spot where I had cut out a mat.
I use the Furminator once in awhile. It is effective at removing the hair but I use it very gently. I use the Zoom Groom the most.
I use it on Mandy and occasionally our cat. Mandy gets it 3-4 times a year - I haven't noticed it harm her coat, always nice and shiny. I'm interested in that Zoom Groom now; have to check it out on my next trip state side.
Melissa; mommy to Mitchell and fur baby Mandy
Just a heads up- the Furminator and shedding blade both will break the coat. I use a Zoom Groom and a comb on Caleb.