Every dog owner knows grooming your pup is a necessity.
Without frequent grooming, your dog will shed hair all over your home, and their coat may become littered with dirt and debris, especially if it’s thick.
In this article, we’re going to go over the best brushes for grooming your dog. You’ll also learn what the different types of brushes are and which are best for each type of coat.
Let’s dive in:
What is a Slicker Brush?
A slicker brush is a tool used for grooming pets, usually dogs and cats. The goal is to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris, and to untie mats or knots present in their coat.
The brush itself is usually an oval or rectangular shape and uses fine bristles to comb through the hair, much like a human brush. The bristles are bent at a slight angle. This helps to ensure they don’t scratch the skin.
Brushing hair is a common step in any pet grooming routine and should be done regularly.
Are They Safe for My Pet?
If used correctly, slicker brushes are very safe to use on your pet. However, you do need to pay attention to a few things when brushing your dog.
The first potential issue when using a slicker brush is accidentally scratching and harming the skin. This happens when too much pressure is used. To avoid this, only apply enough pressure so the brush lightly grazes over their skin, and make sure you are brushing the correct direction.
Also, it is not recommended to use a slicker brush if your dog has a skin condition (like mange), open wounds, or flea bites. This can further irritate the issue and potentially make them vulnerable to infection.
Lastly, you need to buy a brush that is the right size for your pet’s hair. Long bristles can irritate the skin of a dog with short hair, and vice versa.
The Different Types of Dog Brushes for Each Coat
There are different types of brushes, and each is meant for a different type and length of coat.
Bristle Brushes have wider-spaced bristles for long coated pets and tighter bristles for short coats, and they can be used on all types of coats.
Wire-Pin Brushes are used for medium to long haired animals, especially those with curly hair.
Slicker Brushes are excellent for getting rid of knots, mats, and tangles. They’re great for wiry coats, thick coats, and long flowy coats, as well as thin, delicate coats. However, the softness of the bristles determines which coat the brush should be used on.
The FURminator is a soft slick brush that’s great for silky, wiry coats.
It has a flexible head that separates in the center to enhance the brush’s reach and to ensure the grooming experience is comfortable for your dog. It also comes with two sides: one with curved pins to remove your pet’s undercoat and the other with straight pins to smooth the coat and bring out a lustrous sheen.
Both of the sides can be covered with included plastic covers to keep the brushes in pristine quality.