Written by guest author & Sheltie Nation member, Jorge Hurtado.
Luna likes to go to the local dog park here in Gainesville. Over the past couple of weekends, Luna’s friends kept talking about a grooming product called the FURminator. Crystal (my fiancée) and I had never heard of the FURminator. We went in to the dog park gift shop where they had a few on sale. We had to check out what this latest craze was.
The FURminator is a grooming tool which resembles a fine tooth comb. It looked promising until we noticed the price on the FURminator. The smallest tool (the tool we eventually purchased) is a 1.7 inch edge FURminator with a hefty price tag of $35.00. The medium (2.6 inch edge) and the large (4 inch edge) went for $42.00 and $49.00, respectively. We’re college students so the price tag was somewhat steep for us. Since everyone was raving out the FURminator, I went ahead and did a bit of research on the web.
First, I headed to the FURminator website. On their website, they showed pictures of dogs (and cats) after a session with the FURminator. Globs and globs of loose fur laid around the dogs. The site itself was very informational with pictures and a video as to how the FURminator works. It almost seemed too good to be true so I went ahead and did a little more research on sites such as Amazon and Petsmart. For every 100 reviews on the tool, I could only find one or two which may have been considered a negative review.
I went ahead and searched around for the FURminator on the internet. I was able to find the cheapest price on Amazon. At the time of purchase, the small 1.7 inch tool (we figured that would be best for Luna) went for $25.99, about $10 less than most places we searched. We ordered one for Luna and waited a few days for it to arrive.
A few days passed and UPS arrived with our new grooming tool. After coming home from work, we opened the box and inside was a plain plastic bag sealed with a FURminator cardboard tag. Inside the plastic bag were directions on how to use the FURminator. The first thing we noticed in the directions was the following: Because the FURminator deShedding tool will extract an abundance of hair, position your dog or cat in an area that is easy to sweep or vacuum. We decided to take Luna into the bathroom since it’s tiled and easy to vacuum. Here’s Luna preparing for a date with the FURminator.
The FURminator claims that as a result of regular brushing (twice a week for about 20 minutes each session), shedding is kept to a minimum and as a result your vacuum (or broom) will love you for it. After using the FURminator for a week, I can confidently say that the amount of hairballs and loose hair on our carpet and inside our cars has definitely been much less than normal. It’s very easy to know when it’s time to brush again because your seats begin to turn sable (or blue/black for those with more exotic Shelties!).
Luna loves the FURminator. She stands and laughs during the whole process. Luna has dry hair along her back legs and tail but since using the FURminator her hair’s been much more smooth and healthy looking. The rest of her coat feels almost silky and has a nice glow to it. Mind you Luna is a smaller than average Sheltie so the amount of fur will vary between her and your Sheltie, but the amount of fur we still removed was incredible. The price of the FURminator was more than worth it. My only regret is not knowing about it until now (I believe it’s been out a year already).
Overall, the FURminator’s a wonderful tool to help curb shedding. It won’t stop it completely, but it has helped tremendously. The amount of hair not on our clothes, couches, car seats, floors, etc. has decreased considerably. We’ve been able to vacuum our apartment without having to change the bag multiple times! If you need help with your Sheltie shedding, try the FURminator. The price is well worth it (and if you don’t like it, it does come with a 30 day money back guarantee!).
Thanks Jorge – we would be interested to hear other members comments on this product too!
If you are interested in purchasing a FURminator – Amazon has the best pricing.