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Dog Combs - How to Select the Best Dog Comb

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Grooming is an essential part of maintaining your dog's health. Like any task, having the right tool for the job at hand is crucial. While a variety of brushes, combs and rakes may be combined during a grooming session, combs are especially helpful for removing tangles, dead hair and mats from your dog's coat. With a few tips before shopping you can buy the right comb to make your dog's next grooming session easier!

Features to Consider in a Dog Comb

  • Size of teeth
  • Materials
  • Performance
  • Type and length of hair intended for
  • Ability to clean
  • Design
  • Comfort of use
  • Durability
  • Safety
  • Problem area comb will address (mats, fleas, general grooming)

    Desirable Features in a Dog Comb

  • Easy to use
  • Performs well on your Dogs hair coat
  • Stainless steel
  • Appropriate size
  • Combination of coarse and fine teeth
  • Rotating tines to remove tangles without snags
  • Length of teeth
  • Dog enjoys or tolerates

    Features to Avoid in a Dog Comb

  • Plastic, unless it is a flea comb.

    Ideal Dog Comb Choice

    An ideal choice for a comb for your dog is a stainless steel comb with teeth (fine, medium, coarse) that are appropriate for your dog's coat density and length.

    Shopping & Safety Tips for Buying a Dog Comb

  • Always comb gently from front-to-back and praise your dog with a soothing voice.

  • For your longhaired dog, choose a comb based on the length and density of the coat and the comfort of the handle.

  • Combs come in “fine/fine,” “medium/coarse” and “coarse/fine” teeth.

  • A good basic comb for most breeds is a 7.5” by 1” stainless steel comb with combination (fine/coarse or medium/coarse) teeth.

  • Look for combs with rotating teeth to eliminate snags and remove tangles in long, thick coats.

  • Some breeds have special grooming needs, so ask your vet or a professional groomer for advice on particular equipment necessary for your dog.

  • Never try to cut mats, as you may cut delicate skin instead. Instead, use a comb to pick at the mat gently with the tip until it begins to loosen up. As it starts to break apart from the coat, it can easily be combed out.

  • Mat rakes and shedding combs are designed for loosening matted hair and removing it comfortably, provided it is not matted down to the skin.

  • Flea combs are generally used to search for or comb out fleas. These combs are not intended for use on mats, but because of their small size and soft plastic material they can be useful to comb around the eye area on small dogs, especially the shih tzu and other “squishy faced” breeds.

    If you have a senior dog that is sensitive to the steel combs, look for a comb that has plastic tipped teeth. This may be more comfortable next to the skin for your older dog.

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