Furminator Ruined My Dog’s Coat! If this is your case, keep reading to know about the Furminator range of products, what they are used for, and if they are suitable for a Husky.
In case you didn’t know, when you hear the word “Furminator”, people are referring to a product that specializes in pet grooming. The brand produces a variety of products, including rakes, de-shedding tools, and slicker brushes.
When it comes to using the Furminator undercoat deShedding tool, some people love it and some people do not. This largely depends on what breed of dog (or cat for that matter), the person using it has.
Whether or not you use one is entirely a matter of personal choice. As with all things in life, sometimes you just need to try it for yourself.
How Does The Furminator Work?
Huskies blow their coats at least twice a year. The undercoat needs to be removed by hand, so de-shedding tools such as rakes are an essential item for Husky owners to have in their arsenal in the war against fluff.
One such tool is the Furminator deShedding tool. It works by removing the dead undercoat.
Does The Furminator Cut Hair?
Some people use this item and have no issues. However, some Husky owners prefer not to use this tool because it can potentially damage or cut the dog’s outer guard coat.
The reason why this tool can be problematic is because it is made of stainless steel, and the metal teeth can be sharp.
It should be pointed out that the company states on their website that the deShedding tool will not damage the outer coat, but will simply remove the dead undercoat.
Whether or not an owner has issues may all come down to their own individual technique.
What Happens If My Dog’s Guard Coat Gets Damaged?
You do not want your dog’s outer guard coat to get damaged. Otherwise, your dog’s skin will not have protection from the elements. Exposed skin is also more susceptible to irritants and sunburn.
This is why you should never clip a Husky’s coat. Another reason is because there is a risk that the outer coat will not grow back, leaving your dog looking alike frizzy mess. This is especially true of older dogs.
You can read more about why certain breeds should not be clipped here.
What Else Can I Use?
Furminator makes a rake that many Husky owners swear by. The rake will remove the dead undercoat without potentially damaging or cutting the outer guard coat. It will also tease loose any knots or matted hair.
Many Husky owners think that this tool is far safer and more effective when it comes to dealing with a blown coat because it has rotating teeth and is gentle enough for everyday use. You can check this product out here.
How Often To Use Furminator?
Regardless of whether you choose to use the Furminator range of products, or another brand, you should use a rake on your Husky every day during molting season, and follow this up with a daily brush of the outer guard coat with a slicker brush or a bristle brush. The raking will remove the dead undercoat, and the brushing will finish off the job and make the coat shiny.
When your Husky is not molting, this process should be carried out once per week.
Some Other Grooming Tips
Start Them Off Young
Get your dog used to the grooming process when they are still a pup. There is no need to use a rake, as their fur is still baby soft, and you do not want to risk hurting their skin. But a gentle grooming session with a bristle brush can get your Husky accustomed to the sensation of having a brush run through its coat.
Otherwise, if you try to do a full groom on an older dog, you may have behavioral issues on your hands and that is not fun for anyone.
Head Outdoors If You Can
If possible, it is best to brush your Husky outdoors. Expect there to be lots of fur! You will need to manually remove dead hair from your grooming tools often in order to get the best results. And having a garbage bag on hand may not be a bad idea unless you want loads of fluff floating around your home!
Make sure you are not too heavy-handed when you groom your dog, so as to avoid the rake or brush making contact with their delicate skin. This is not at all fun for your dog!
Some people swear by the Furminator deShedding tool to remove the dead undercoat from their dog during a molt. Other people do not use this product because, in their experience, the sharp stainless steel teeth of the product have damaged or cut the outer guard coat on their dog. This is a bad thing because it means that the dog’s skin can be left exposed to weather and irritants.
Whether or not people have success with the Furminator deShedding tool may well be a case of individual technique, and how the tool is used.
Other Furminator-brand products that are most suitable to help Husky owners deal with a blown coat include the rake, which will strip the dead undercoat hairs without damaging the guard coat. This rake is gentle enough for daily use to remove knots, mainly because it features rotation pins.
Any raking session should be followed up by a brush using a slicker brush or a bristle brush. This will finish off the grooming session nicely by making the guard coat beautiful and shiny. Furminator makes these tools too.
Huskies should be groomed once a day when they are shedding. This happens twice a year in colder climates, and more frequently when the temperature is warmer. Be gentle and avoid making skin contact with the grooming tools. Your dog will thank you for it.
Get your dog used to grooming when they are a pup, with gentle soft brushing sessions. This will help prevent stress for you both later down the road.
Some breeds of dog do well having their coats clipped but the Husky is not one of them. Do not let a groomer clip your Husky’s coat because the guard coat may not grow back properly, especially if your dog is older, leaving them looking messy.