Saturday, November 15, 2014

Smooth Things Out With The Epica Reversible De-Matting Comb for Cats and Dogs

Our dog Buddha is an 80-pound monster of a mix breed; sturdily built, strong, and ridiculously hairy. We knew when we welcomed him into our home back in late 2008 that we were dealing with a dog who would need regular grooming. What we didn't know was just how necessary that grooming would be.

* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

Today, I had the chance to show you exactly how serious his grooming needs are and fortunately, I was able to try out the Epica Reversible De-Matting Comb for this "hairy" process.

Before I discuss the comb, I'd like to give you a little background on Buddha.

By the time he was three-months old, he was pretty monstrous, yet he hadn't developed winter shedding at this point in time. His coat was long, but not ridiculously long. By the time he was eight-months, however, it was clear that his fur had started to grow. He was less "fuzzy" but his hair was certainly longer.

Below, you'll see a picture of Buddha playing in the snow with his friend Yoda. This was around the time that Buddha was eight-months.

While his hair doesn't look incredibly long in the photo above, below, you'll see what he looks like today. Look closely and you'll see some white areas. These are the areas of his fur that are shedding to make way for the undercoat. His hair literally comes out in tufts around this time of year.

You may also notice in the picture above and the picture below some white "specks." These are actually dry skin flakes. I've been applying an aloe spray to his skin which does seem to keep some moisture in and control the itch.

You'll see in the bottom photograph exactly what I mean about those "tufts" coming out. Sometimes as the undercoat comes in, it entangles with the coat that's leftover (if he hasn't been brushed in awhile). The Epica Reversible De-matting Comb really helped to remedy this problem. It went right through his hair and removed these tufts and knots with ease.

I used the de-matting comb on different areas of his fur and was able to remove quite a bit of hair. I did, however, use it in combination with a de-shedding comb and a regular slicker brush. Below, you'll see the amount of hair that was collected from two hours of brushing.

No, ladies and gentlemen, that is not a dog next to my legs. That is only dog hair. I kid you not when I say that this hair filled up an entire trash bag before I was even finished. Luckily, I had no pain in my hand after the fact, because the blades on the de-matting comb are reversible, allowing me to switch hands as I brushed.

Buddha didn't mind the comb at all, and actually seemed to enjoy the brush over his body. I found that it was very easy to use and glided rather well.

Here is what Buddha's fur looked like afterward, without those pesky white tufts. They're gone!

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Epica Reversible De-Matting Comb. It is a great tool for both groomers and pet-owners who experience issues with matting as the winter coat comes in.

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