2 Opposing Reviews of the FURminator

Is the de-shedding tool a total ripoff? Or is it a real lifesaver that works brilliantly?

Here are 2 opposing reviews of the best-selling pet hair de-shedding tool, the FURminator. Writer Sarah Blakemore expresses disappointment with her recent purchase. Meanwhile, Petful editor Dave Baker says he couldn’t be happier.

Sarah Says: Thumbs Down!

Despite my dog’s short hair, she sheds a lot. In the transition from winter to summer, Lulu sheds what seems to be her weight in dog hair. The FURminator claims to reduce unwanted (is there any other kind?) shedding by up to 90%. Ninety%! I’m sold.

I pick up the brush. It seems easy to hold with its black, ergonomic, special grip handle. The head of the brush looks like a set of brightly colored hair clippers. This is the Bentley of dog brushes. I have visions of an almost hair-free house. I gladly fork over the cash for the FURminator.

At home, I excitedly open the package to get started on de-shedding my dog. Handling the FURminator, I realize my first mistake. I did not read the package closely enough. Given the look and feel of the brush (and the stupid price), I assumed that the brush would vibrate to help shake extra hair loose — like one of those vibrating toothbrushes that helps with plaque removal. Nope. Strike one.

I fiddle around with it and look for further instructions. The one page of instructions basically says, “Open the package. Brush your dog. Enjoy reduced hair living.”

I drag the brush across Lulu’s fur. She winces as the hard metal comb comes in contact with her skin. Strike Two.

Lulu ordinarily loves being brushed. She will beg for belly rubs, go wild when she sees her regular brush come out and sit patiently for hours while I brush her coat. No need for bribes or to wear her out first with a big, long walk.

I press on with the brushing. I am careful not to let the blade scrape against her skin. After several strokes, I check the blade again. It has a few lone hairs stuck in it. I check the floor where I’ve been brushing Lulu. Not a hair to be found. Annoyed that I may have just paid good money for nothing, I push on. A few more minutes go by and Lulu is looking really uncomfortable and sad. There are a few more hairs trapped in the brush, but nothing warranting the trauma caused to my dog. Strike three. The FURminator is out.

Dave: Thumbs Up!

By Dave Baker. No one said the FURminator vibrates. At any rate, it’s wholly unnecessary, because I’ve found that this de-shedding tool works brilliantly at loosening up handfuls of hair from my cat, Hillary. And Hillary doesn’t “wince” when the brush meets her skin — actually, it’s quite the opposite. She loves getting brushed with this thing.

The FURminator should be used only on dry hair. As Sarah mentioned, be very careful not to let the blade scrape against your pet’s skin, which can hurt if done too hard. Also, keep your brushing sessions positive and fun.

The FURminator is used and recommended by veterinarians all over, as well as for people who have pet allergies. I think it’s fantastic. But don’t take my word for it; there are thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon.com and other review sites. Read more reviews at Amazon (affiliate link).


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Petful®, formerly known as Pets Adviser, is passionate about helping pets live happier, healthier lives. Our writers include veterinarians Dr. Debora Lichtenberg, VMD, and Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS, among other experts. We are a veterinarian-recommended source of trusted information. Founded by award-winning journalist and editor Dave Baker, a longtime advocate for pet food safety, Petful is the leading independent source of U.S. pet food recall information on the web. Learn more about the amazing team behind Petful here: Meet the Team.

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