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A Dog Grooming Brush: Top Recommended Products From Pet Owners

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A dog brush used to remove loose hair and knots in a dog's fur. (ZooFari/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 12:49 PM

You comb your hair each morning, so it stands to reason your faithful canine companion has a similar need for his or her coat. Selecting a dog grooming brush can seemingly be overwhelming, but there are bountiful options available.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) points to several plausible reasons in investing in dog grooming brushes.

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According to the organization, the tools can be used to remove dirt, spread natural oils throughout a dog’s coat, prevent tangles, and prevent skin from becoming irritated.

Additionally, regular brushing gives dog owners an opportunity to inspect Fido’s skin and double-check for the presence of fleas, ticks, and other troublesome critters that might be residing within the fur.

In terms of actual dog grooming brushes, there are a variety of products available in the marketplace — some with very specific purposes and others for more general use.

As outlined on the Animal Humane Society’s website, some of the top recommended products from pet owners for general use include combs, pin-head brushes, and a product from manufacturing company Kong known as the Zoom Groom that is touted as massaging skin, stimulating the capillaries, and promoting natural oil production for healthy skin and dogs’ coats.

Experienced dog owners and pet-related organizations frequently recommend first taking into consideration what you want to accomplish with your beloved canine — simple, routine maintenance or something more elaborate — and make your tool selections accordingly.

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In addition to the standard brushes and combs, other dog grooming products on the market include slicker brushes that feature fine wire bristles and shedding blades that can be used to mitigate the frequency in hair loss in some dog breeds.

Some varieties of high-end brushes are ideal as a final step in grooming a dog, as the tools make a dog’s hair appear fluffy. However, the bristles are not considered sturdy enough for general purpose brushing.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are dog-grooming brushes on the market that accomplish more intensive tasks, including removal of dead skin and maneuvering through matted hair.

Depending upon the specific products, most experts recommend using such brushes sparingly: They could be deemed too harsh for general-purpose brushing.

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