Furminator question?

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  1. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    Ok I found this question in the furminator website and was wondering if his was true or not. I am getting Teagan clipped, but if this tool would help me keep her hair more wiry and course I could purchase one. I just wanted to make sure first because they are expensive.


     
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    I haven't needed one, but I've heard from others that they are wonderful. One of my vets sells them. Why don't you call a few vet's offices and ask if they have them, if so, if it works on a terrier coat.
     
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    Yes, but be careful. Too much can strip a dog bald. I worked on my long-haired cat for a while and she ended up missing a little too much hair.
     
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    I find it only pulls out what is already loose. But to be fair, I have pulled all the undercoat out and found the outercoat a bit thin. But the Furminator didn't remove it.

    With hand stripping, you're not really pulling out live hairs, but pulling out fairly loose hair. So it shouldn't result in any bald spots.
     
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    See if any stores have one to test out. I keep a tester Furminator for customers to try out before they invest that much money into it. Try Tail Blazers or Pet Planet, they're more likely to have a tester than Petsmart. Or even check with groomers.
     
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    Yeah, I kind of made a bald spot on the clinic cat that way before :rofl1:
     
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    I already actually bought one right after I posted thing. I have not used it yet and it is still in the package. I can still take it back even after I use it. So I guess we will see what happens.
     
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    You can also talk to your groomer about whether it will work with your dog's fur, they should know.

    I've used a furminator with a lot of dogs, and I've noticed that you really have to have just the right fur type for it to work well. Unfortunately I've never tried it on a wiry terrier.
     
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    I know you said you already bought one, but for anyone else, look at Amazon. I got it there for $20, when petco was selling it for $60.
     
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    They come in three sizes, the large one is a lot more than the littlest one.
     
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    I bought mine on Craigslist for about $20 (it's the largest one they have) and I love it. It works great on Lacey and it's not stripping the outer coat, but all the downy crap underneath. I don't use it a whole lot, only really during shedding time, but I really love it.

    It did not, however, work very well on the long haired cat, but her fur had some mats in it.
     
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    I have one I use during shedding season on Muffin. I love it for that, because it pulls out all the undercoat way better than a regular brush.

    I never thought of using it on a terrier.... Let us know how it goes!
     
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    Oops! :rofl1:
     
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    handstripping is just about the same amount of work as a furminator, but with better results. in order to use a furminator without it causing irritation, bald spots, etc, you need to use it sparingly and often (10-15 minutes everyday). handstripping is about the same, time wise, and is about the same amount of work on your hands. but handstripping will get a better result, and will be more worth the time.

    Clipping will not do anything bad to your dog, except make the hair softer. this isnt a bad thing, unless you plan on showing. so you can ust get he dog clipped if you want.
     
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    Target sells a cheaper version, for around $5-10. I have one, it works great on the sheltie mix and the double-coated kitty.
     

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