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One of the benefits of feeding raw dog food is that our dogs have soft, healthy, shiny coats.  Rodrigo is a joy to cuddle with and pet.  Sydney looks like she’s going on stage, and the puppies, who have thicker coats, are still soft.

A diet of raw dog food not only improves the appearance of our dogs’ skin and coats…

  • the diet reduces dog smell
  • the diet reduces shedding

But the keyword is “reduces.”  Our dogs still smell and our dogs still shed so I still brush them and my preferred grooming tool is a FURminator®.  We have several FURminators for our pets, because they go by pet size and hair length.  We have two for our cats (Jaffrey is short haired, Cosmo is long haired).  And two for our dogs (Rodrigo is long haired and the rest of the pack has short hair).

A FURminator reduces shedding up to 90% and makes grooming so much easier for us.

FURminator deShedding Tool

3 Reasons Why our FURminator ROCKS!

  • Our cats shed like crazy and would be hocking up hairballs and staining our light carpet if I didn’t keep them brushed regularly.  The first time I brushed Jaffrey with a FURminator, we finished with a small kitten made from his hair.
  • Our FURminator keeps our dogs looking sharp and makes grooming fast and easy.  The edge of a FURminator deShedding Tool removes hair instead of cutting or stripping it from our dogs’ bodies.
  • And this amazing tool reduces the dog smell in our home, because the smell lives in the hair – whether it’s loose hair still on their bodies or the shedding in our rugs or on our furniture.

Who We Use our FURminator On…

Although we have a FURminator for long haired dogs, we don’t use it on Rodrigo, because he’s not a fan of being brushed and I found a special grooming tool for him.   But that’s okay.  We have 5 other pets in the house that it works wonders on and we know understand the cost and why it’s necessary to get one for your specific dog’s grooming needs.

The cats and Sydney come to me immediately when they see a FURminator in my hand.  Sydney is so funny, because she’ll turn and sit in front of me to be brushed.  She’s in absolute heaven.

The puppies react differently.  Zoey isn’t certain about the brush, but she allows me to brush her.  Scout thinks it’s a game and it’s hilarious brushing him.

FURminator Shed Control Cloths

The puppies are still at a rambunctious stage so brushing them isn’t always easy if they want to play instead.  So I use FURminator Shed Control Cloths on them to remove loose, surface hair.  These cloths catches the surface hair and actually keeps it on the cloth rather than letting it float lightly all over the floor (or back on our dogs).

Even better!  These cloths are reusable and can be used daily if the need arises.  Yep!  In a house full of animals – this is heavenly.

My Advice to You

It’s tempting to get one FURminator and use it on all of your dogs, because it is quite the investment.  But using a FURminator meant for short hair on a long hair dog is going to cause your dog pain and it’s just not effective.  If only one FURminator is in your budget, get one for the dog in your home who sheds the most.  For us, that would be the puppies and Sydney.

It’s nuts that the short haired dogs shed the most.

Have you tried a FURminator?

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This post is sponsored by FURminator. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about FURminator, but I only share information that I think Keep the Tail Wagging readers will appreciate and can use with their dogs. FURminator is not responsible for the content of this article.

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  1. We do use a furmniator – but on the cats and it works great! For Moses and Alma, there’s an arsenal that includes a comb, a rake, and a pin brush. I’m just not a fan of the furminator on their double coat. But I attest that their coats are shiny and soft and I do attibute it, in part, to their raw diet. People sometimes think they must be on all sorts of supplements and conditioners, but they’ve underestimated my laziness. A raw diet is a big help!

    • LOL – I don’t call it lazy, I call it TV, blogging, reading – basically anything except brushing 6 animals. LOL But when I do it, everyone looks and smells so good.

  2. We love our furminators! We also occasionally drag them across rugs, the get the fur out of them, too.

    • I’ve never thought of doing that. I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. We have a FURminator and it works wonders on Luna. I totally get what you mean about short haired dogs. I had no idea Beagles shed as much as she does. Hair everywhere.

    I absolutely agree about buying the one that fits your pet and buying multiple if necessary.

    I do think it is important to note that the FURminator does not work for every dog. The dog must have an undercoat otherwise it will cause pain.

    • That’s what we experienced with Rodrigo. I quickly stopped using the FURminator on him. He does have an undercoat in areas, but by the time I learned about what you just shared, Rodrigo had already determined that it was a bad thing to be brushed with it. He tolerates his other brush and it means that I have to brush him daily when he starts to blow his undercoat. But I love it either way.

      Sydney dances up to me when I pull out her FURminator. It’s funny.

  4. This would come in handy at my house!! My dog has the shortest hair but sheds sooo much. hair gets everywhere. Its worth a try.

    • Isn’t it crazy how the shorter the hair, the more hair they produce? Wow!

  5. I’m a big fan of the Furminator as well. I have one for shorthaired dogs that I’m able to use on Ace and my cats. It’s awesome! I should use it every day.

    I didn’t know the company made a version for longhaired pets. Good to know!

    • I know that daily is just too much to ask of myself, but I have no excuse for not doing it weekly; it has to be every other day on the cats. I swear I will start this. :)

  6. I loved the deShedding cloths! They smell like coconut oil. I use them on Chester and Gretel after I finish using the FURminator tool to get the last loose hairs. It made their coats a little shinier too.

    • I’ve been using them on the puppies, because they have a lot of flyaway hair.

  7. My sis raves about her Furminator. I’ve never used one. We have this thing… I don’t know what it’s called – it’s actually a horse brush that we got for like $5 at a horse supply store and it’s great for getting the undercoat out! We could brush and brush and brush Rita and I swear the hair would never stop coming. I’m trying to get in the habit of brushing her more often as it really does help!

    • I’m trying to get into the habit of brushing our cats every other day and the dogs weekly. I’m starting again this weekend – LOL

  8. Have one, use it on Leo only – works like a charm.

    • Rodrigo is the only pet in our house who doesn’t get the FURminator treatment. Everyone else lines up :)

  9. We love the FURminator for our long haired kitty bro. It’s a miracle worker for him! Once you feed raw for a while, you’re dogs will always smell great, unless of course they roll in a little yucky stuff, BOL!

    • Our girls are masters of rolling in stinky stuff too.


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