Don’t Dread the Shed: Our Grooming Tool Recommendations

Dog and cat owners know all too well that shedding is a natural, necessary process for our pets. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate tufts of fur tumble-weeding through our homes. When armed with the right home grooming tools, you can effectively manage your pet’s shedding and keep your home fur-free. Before we explore our top Safari® by Coastal grooming tool recommendations, let’s first get to the root of understanding shedding.

Shedding is a natural process in which dogs, cats, and other animals lose old or damaged fur to make way for new growth. Factors like breed, season, health, and diet can influence the intensity and frequency of shedding. While regular shedding is a common occurrence among pets, if you notice your pet is experiencing extreme, sudden, or patchy hair loss you should contact your veterinarian.

Here are our “pick of the litter” Safari® grooming tools to help you combat shedding and groom like a pro at home.

For Dogs

Before choosing the appropriate grooming tools to help with your dog’s shedding, it’s important to know what kind of coat your dog has. Determine if your dog has a long coat, short coat, curly or wire coat, and/or an undercoat – online research of their breed or talking with a breeder, groomer, or veterinarian can help determine this.

Safari® Shed Magic De-Shedding Tool

This home grooming tool truly works its magic to remove stubborn mats and tangles. With multiple sizes and designed for various coat lengths, the stainless steel blades gently remove hair, mats, and tangles for a comfortable grooming experience.

Safari® Dog Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush

The gentle, stainless steel pins ensure that dogs are properly groomed without skin irritation as the brush glides through fur. To make things even easier, the pins are retractable making cleaning this brush as simple as pushing a button.

Safari® Dog Shedding Comb

This shedding comb features different sized teeth to ensure a deep undercoat combing while collecting loose fur. Simply run the comb through your dog’s long or short coat to lift and remove loose hair, controlling shedding and preventing mats.

Safari® Dog Double Row Undercoat Rake with Rotating Pins

This rake deeply penetrates undercoats with precision rotating pins to help prevent matting. The rounded pins provide added comfort to dogs while using, and the double row rake design tackles thicker, dense undercoats with ease.

Safari® Soft Tip Curry Brush

This brush can be used wet or dry for a complete grooming experience. Use during bath time to massage shampoo into your dog’s coat and provide a deep, relaxing clean. Use on dry coats to remove loose hair and dirt.

For Cats

Just like dogs, cats can have different coat lengths and types. Before grooming at home, identify your cat’s coat length and type to ensure you choose an appropriate tool.

Safari® Cat Flexible Slicker Brush

This grooming brush can be used on a variety of cot types to help reduce shedding. The stainless steel pins gently remove excess hair while the flexible head contours to your cat for an all-over groom.

Safari® Shed Magic® De-Shedding Tool

This home grooming tool truly works its magic to remove stubborn mats and tangles. The stainless steel blades gently remove hair, mats, and tangles for a comfortable grooming experience.

Safari® Cat Shedding Comb

This comb features two different sizes of teeth – long teeth reach deep into your cat’s coat to lift loose hair while the short teeth collect loose hair from outer layers of fur. The smooth, rounded tips provide comfort for all coat lengths and prevent skin irritation during grooming sessions.

Safari® Cat Soft Tip Massager

This dual-sided massage brush features soft, rubberized tips of varying lengths to maximize your home grooming efforts. Use on wet hair during baths or dry hair to remove excess hair and gently massage.

Whether you’ve been home grooming for years or are just starting out, it’s important to remember it takes time, practice, and patience. Some pets will tolerate grooming better than others; begin grooming pets from an early age if possible. If you encounter a grooming issue you’re unable to handle safely or confidently at home, consult a professional groomer for assistance. For more information about grooming at home, check out Coastal’s Grooming Your Pet at Home blog.