Are you tired of sweeping up dog hair, vacuuming up dog hair, brushing dog hair off your clothes and furniture? Unless you have a poodle or other breed of dog that doesn’t shed, you know the tiresome drill. But you don’t have to resign yourself to constant combat with hairballs in exchange for the companionship of your best friend. A FURminator will help you win the war on pet hair and help you love each other all the more.
This heavily marketed de-shedding tool, essentially a hair rake on steroids, claims to reduce shedding by up to 90 percent. It takes investing in one for skeptics to become converts, and we count ourselves among the converted. We can’t believe how much undercoat came off our Brittany the first time we used it—or how much less hair now comes off in the house.
The FURminator is spendy ($45 at Petco for the long-haired, medium-size dog version), but if you use it for once-a-week grooming, you won't even toy with the thought of investing in one of those $600 Dyson DC41 Animal vacuum cleaners guaranteed to suck up household dog hair as fast and furious as a 10-year-old sucking† up a rootbeer-flavored Slurpee. The FURminator is not new, but it’s undergone some permutations and now comes in different versions for long- and short-haired dogs of various sizes. Two models for cats also are available. Think of it as a home improvement project, and you won’t bat an eye at the splurge. Need convincing? Check out the YouTube videos.