Okay, I know this sounds like a bad action film or a something you would see marked “As Seen on TV”, but if you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel , you need this. Get it now! You know how some breeders will send you home with a goody bag full of dog food samples or toys for your new puppy? They really should just give you this. If you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel you know this and for those who are considering one, they shed. Admittedly they do not shed as much as some breeds, but they can shed a good bit of hair at times. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will shed very fine hair that has a tendency to stick to stick together. For that reason if you have hardwood floors, you will see Cavalier hair bunnies floating across your floor. This loose hair can also become entangled in the dogs coat and cause it to mat. I asked our Vet about the best way to prevent mating in our Cavaliers coats and he recommended the Furminator.
The Furminator is a deShedding tool that is designed to reach in a remove the dead hair from your Cavaliers coat. By removing this hair you will help prevent your Cavaliers’ coat from forming mats. Just run the tool gently through your Cavalier coat like you were brushing it. You might want to do this outside, because you are very likely to get gobs of dead hair. The good news is that this hair will not be falling out in your house or contributing to matting your dogs coat. Using the Furminator should be a weekly event or possibly more depending how badly your pet is shedding. Our Cavaliers love it. To them it is kind of like getting a massage. Can you use the Furminator to remove mats? It depends. If the mat is not severe, you can hold onto the mat near the dogs skin and use the Furminator to pull out the loose hair holding it together. You do not want to pull on the mat directly or it will hurt your Cavalier. I have found that on tougher mats you can use grooming scissors to cut off the ends and then pick it apart with your fingers. Some might get so bad that you will just have to cut them out.
A Cavalier breeder friend told me that when a female Cavalier is spayed, they seem to generate more dead hair than the males do. She called it “Spay Hair”. At least with our female it appears that she is correct. So she gets a frequent Furmination and it helps a lot. The Furminator does a terrific job of removing all that dead hair from your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels coat. We highly recommend it. We would also recommend getting the right size for your Cavalier. The Long Hair Small Dog model 101004 should be about right for most Cavaliers.
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