Who knew when you brought your Persian Fluffy home from the pet store, or picked up your golden retriever Marley from the breeder that you would end up with a new ball of dog or cat in the vacuum every week. Now you have to issue lint rollers to visitors. The clean fresh smell in your home is gone.
Pet Grooming? Where are the yellow pages?
For the standard poodle look you will have to hit the internet to find groomers with the best reputation for the money. For home grooming the right brush lets you set vacuum aside. Fluffy will come begging instead of running. You get the perfect shedding tool and they get a relaxing massage.
Five Star Tools for Dogs and Cats
A few grooming tools are so effective and versatile you can use them for dogs or cats. The ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding tool has a long hair product or short hair product. Each can be used with both dogs and cats. It is reasonably priced at $19.99 at both PetSmart and Amazon.com. The FURminator also got high ratings. If you are looking for a dog brush it’s a real deal at $4.99. Unfortunately, the FURminator for cats is a little pricey. Both Amazon and PetSmart have them at $42.99 or $49.99 depending on the hair length. Wooden handled double sided grooming brushes are still a five star favorite. This low tech groomer is just as good at de-shedding and Fluffy still gets a nice massage.
Can’t Find Marley?
Caught you! I see you are using a steel pin brushhead groomer. It’s true they are available by many manufacturers and are sold at Wal-Mart or the dollar store. This favorite of professional groomers is hard to handle for home pet grooming and tends to gouge the skin if you don’t know exactly how much pressure to apply.
Don’t Know Where to Start?
The web is the new yellow pages but searching pet grooming tools, or even a specific brand still brings dozens of hits. You want to choose a vendor with the best price, but consider what you might be giving up. Some sites offer too good to be true prices and when the product arrives you find a knock off with no recourse for return. Amazon and the PetSmart online store have very similar prices and comparable shipping. The one advantage with PetSmart is that you can return it to any one of many store locations if you find you don’t like the product or it was damaged. PetSmart stores can also be a lot of fun if you want to bring Marley along, or browse the hundreds of products and see the variety of pets.