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Dog Brushes and Combs

Updated on June 18, 2008

Dog Grooming

Proper grooming is an important part of health care. Most people think once they've got the dog food picked out and a few basic obedience commands under wraps, they're done. But, proper grooming not only makes your dog look better, but it contributed to his physiological and psychological health, so it's a very important aspect of caring for your dog.

Remember that every dog, no matter his coat type or coat length, needs to be groomed. Long haired dogs should have their coat brushed and combed several times a week to prevent tangles and matts. Double coated dogs need their hair brushed and combed several times a week to aid shedding and to prevent large hairballs rolling around your house like tumbleweeds in the dessert. You can even use soft bristle brushes to brush your short haired dog a few times a week.

Proper grooming helps to keep your dogs skin and coat healthy and shiny.

Slicker Brushes

Slicker brushes are great for medium and thick coated dogs. They are great to brush the hard-to-get undercoat as well as the top coat.

These brushes work well to preventing tangles and reducing shedding, but you have to remember to brush the dog several times a week.

The bristles are built to easily glide through your dog's coat and to remove loose and dead hairs.

Dog Slicker Brush

Soft Bristle Brush

The bristle brushes tend not to work well when brushing thicker coated dogs. On the other hand, they are great for short hair dogs. Yes, even your short haired dog will benefit from regular brushing.

When brushing your dog, you help eliminate loose hairs, while stimulating the natural oils in your dog's skin to help aid a healthy coat.

Using soft bristle brushes will help you short haired dog maintain a healthy coat, year road.

Furminator Shedding Brush

The FURminator brushes are meant to aid dogs that are heavy shedders by reducing the amount shedding up to 90% within 4 to 6 weeks.

After grooming your dog with a FURminator deShedder, you will leave the shiny, healthy topcoat showing, while removing the loose, or dead, hairs in the undercoat.

These brushes are made for long and short coated dogs and cats.

FURminator Demo

Fine Toothed Combs for Dogs

You want to use fine toothed combs on dogs with a fine and silky coat. Fine hair is prone to tangling, so by using a comb it will help keep all the hairs in place and prevent tangling.

If you notice a tangle in your dog's coat, no matter what kind of coat, you want to use a fine toothed comb to gently work through the tangle. Small tangles can evolve into large matts, which you want to avoid. Both tangles and matts pull at your dogs skin, and the larger they grow, the more uncomfortable your dog gets.

Fine toothed combs are also great to find and remove fleas from your dog's coat. They can be used on all dogs of all coat lengths and coat types. Fleas are external pests that feed off of your dog. A flea infestation can cause serious health concerns that you can avoid by simple grooming and flea treatments. It's great to take a flea comb and run it through your dog's coat a few times a week, depending on how much your dog is allowed outside and what environment he's allowed in (IE wooded areas, grassy areas, etc are prone to harboring fleas)

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