We carry a wide selection of grooming supplies for dogs and cats including nail clippers, pet wipes, shampoos, detangle sprays, combs, brushes and more. We are happy to educate you on what tools are best for your pet so that you can maintain their coats and health at home.
Short-haired dogs and cats
The curry brush is designed for brushing short-haired dogs (such as Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, Beagles, Dobermans and Greyhounds) and short-haired cats. There are many different designs of the curry brush, and all of them work very well. To use the curry brush, rub it with the grain of the hair, against the grain (with less pressure), and in circles. Be sure to brush the legs and muzzle. For thicker-coated, short-haired dogs, you’ll also need a shedding blade.
Thick-coated, short-haired dogs
A shedding blade is the best tool for thick-coated, short-haired dogs, such as German Shepherds, Huskies, Malamutes, Corgis, Shiba Inus, and thick-coated Labs, Rottweilers and others with the same coat type. To properly use a shedding blade, imagine peeling a carrot. Then, “peel” your dog. The shedding blade will make roughly the same noise as a carrot peeler. Use it with the grain of the hair, then against the grain of the hair (with less pressure). Always be sure to brush all of the dog. Some dogs who fit into the thick category have such thick coats they also require another brush called an undercoat rake.
Thick undercoated dogs and long-haired cats
The undercoat rake is designed for Huskies, Malamutes, Golden Retrievers, Corgis and other dogs with a very thick undercoat. It can also be used on long-haired cats, such as Persians and Himalayans, who have very dense undercoats. To properly use this brush, pull it along the grain of the coat, in a sweeping motion. Be sure to get down to the skin, but do not scratch the skin surface. Golden Retrievers and long-haired cats also require a slicker brush.
Long-haired dogs and cats
A slicker brush is designed for long-haired dogs (such as Golden Retrievers, St. Bernards, Keeshounds, Great Pyrennees, Lhasa Apsos, Shih-Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frise and Cocker Spaniels) and cats. There are many that fit into this category, but far too many to mention. To properly use the slicker brush, you must keep in mind that you must brush all the way to the skin. That is the part that gets matted first. Lift an area of the coat, and brush with the grain of the hair, then brush against the grain, using less pressure. Be sure to brush all of the dog or cat, face and feet included. For some long-haired dogs, the rear
seems to be a particular trouble spot. If you find that you have a problem getting the slicker brush down to the skin, because of coat thickness or matting, you may want a professional to work on your pet.
Mid-length to long-haired dogs and cats
A metal comb is needed for all mid-length and long-haired cats and dogs. This is the way you will be able to tell if you are done brushing. (You don’t need to do it all at one time. You can do an area each day.) Run the comb through the animal’s fur. If the comb goes through with the teeth all the way down to the skin, you have done well. If not, then you need to continue to brush that area. There are many styles of combs; find the one that suits you the best. If your pet’s hair is thin and fine, then find a fine-toothed, closely spaced comb; if your pet’s hair is thick, then find a thick-toothed, wider-spaced comb. Be sure that the comb is reaching the skin, but do not scrape the skin. If you don’t brush all the way down to the skin, the skin cannot breathe properly. Comb with the grain of the hair, all the mid- to long-haired areas of your pet.
Long Hair Cats
The Ultimate Touch Cat Shedding Comb is specifically designed to remove the loose hair from your cat’s coat when shedding. The longer teeth, which are spaced further apart, penetrate the coat where the loose hair is accumulated, allowing the hair to be collected by the closer grade teeth.
The brush that most use, but should not..
A pin brush is the brush you see in the supermarket with pins on one side and soft bristles on the other. This brush should only be used as a finishing brush to fluff the coat, or on dogs that are brushed daily and have no undercoat. It is also very handy for getting the dog or cat fuzz off the couch. Most owners have this brush, but it does not perform well in most cases. Stick with the brushes mentioned above if you want to do the best job!
Written by Anjie Coates, AnimalForum.com staff