Pomeranians are animated dogs known for their personalities and hair coats. The are double-coated, which means they have two layers of hair — an undercoat and a topcoat. The undercoat is soft, dense and fluffy, while the topcoat is long and straight. Pom hair requires routine maintenance and will become severely knotted and matted if not taken care of, especially the undercoat. Many pom groomers and owners use the Furminator, a tool designed for the removal of an undercoat, to keep their pomeranian’s coat healthy and mat-free.
Place the small, blue Furminator on the outside of your pom’s neck, so that the edge and its teeth are angled toward the direction of her coat. Press down gently until you have reached your pom’s undercoat.
Pull the Furminator gently down your pomeranian’s back toward her bottom, pulling up and away from her skin. Use long, gentle strokes to remove her thick undercoat. Using the Furminator requires the same action and techniques as using a hairbrush or comb.
Use the Furminator all over your pomeranian’s torso, as that is where the undercoat is most prevalent. Use extreme caution around your pom’s anus, stomach, legs and genital areas, as brushing too hard can cause irritation.
Tips & Warnings
- The Furminator typically works best on pomeranians after they have been washed, dried and thoroughly brushed.
- Make sure that your pomeranian is completely mat-free before using the Furminator on her coat.
- Use the Furminator on your pomeranian once or twice a week for 10 to 20 minutes each time for optimum undercoat removal.
- Using the Furminator on your pomeranian in a vacuum-accessible area will make cleanup a lot easier.
- Examine your pomeranian for bruises, cuts, sores or other conditions before you intend to use the Furminator and do not use the tool on skin that has any of these problems.
- The Furminator is available at most pet stores.
- Pressing too hard or vigorously can cause your pomeranian’s skin to become severely irritated. If you notice your pomeranian is experiencing pain or irritation, stop using the Furminator immediately.
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