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GraciesMom
9th February 2011, 09:39 PM
I think that I just do not have the right brush for keeping her ear fur in good shape and preventing matting behind the ears. It works great for the overall coat, but not so good for ears. I can't seem to find a PHOTO or link to what is recommended for keeping the ear fur combed out and untangled. I had to cut out a matted area today and thought I was doing a good job with regular brushing. The ear fur also does just not look like it should after brushing. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Brian M
9th February 2011, 10:01 PM
Hi

Probably the best overall brush for our Cavaliers would be a good Mason Pearson or a Chris Christenson ,have a browse they will show up .:)

waldor
9th February 2011, 10:04 PM
I use a RESCO brand metal comb for the ears area. It's very nice and smooth, and does a great job getting the tangles out; definitely worth the price, too. I've had ours for ever, as we used to use it on our Shih Tzu. It is probably 18 years old and still looks new. From a quick 'net search, here is a link https://www.a1petsupply.com/secure_html/aa-resco2.htm and the #200 model looks to be the one I use. It has one-inch teeth.


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31H9JEJE7ML._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Once I get the tangles out, I use a slicker brush.
http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pPETS-5680323t400.jpg
And FWIW, I sometimes have to cut out bad matting behind the ears, anyway.

Tania
9th February 2011, 11:10 PM
I use the brush below, it is a combination of soft and hard nylon bristles on the same side. It is small so fine for using behind the ears. I find that I don't need to use any combs or anything that is more abrasive. I also use groomers detangling spray which I work in with my fingers. I have also known people to use guinnea pig finger brushes
for behind the ears, (I havn't tried that.) Any little knots I snip out with curved baby scissors.

http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/dog-supplies/dog-care/dog-grooming-products/dog-brushes-and-slickers/mikki-porcupine-bristle-brush.html?ref=googlebase

http://www.viovet.co.uk/p8432/Groomers_Ltd-_Groom_and_Detangle_Spray-_250ml/product_info.html

GraciesMom
10th February 2011, 12:16 AM
I will check these out. I do have the slicker brush like Waldor has, but no comb. I also will check out the brush link from Tania. We had to cut out some matted area today and was not fun!

GraciesMom
10th February 2011, 12:19 AM
This looks great too!


Hi

Probably the best overall brush for our Cavaliers would be a good Mason Pearson or a Chris Christenson ,have a browse they will show up .:)

Going to check into detangling spray as well. Did not know that they made this! Will check out USA supplies of this too.

nicola
10th February 2011, 01:56 AM
I had to resort to the furminator today as my guys had really bad matting behind their ears. I also rubbed the groomers spray in with my fingers and it did the trick although I did have to cut bits and pieces here and there.

GraciesMom
10th February 2011, 03:04 PM
I had to resort to the furminator today as my guys had really bad matting behind their ears. I also rubbed the groomers spray in with my fingers and it did the trick although I did have to cut bits and pieces here and there.

I have this stuff on my list today to buy, along with a good comb and a different brush as well. Everyone has been so helpful!!!! :lotsaluv:

Brian M
10th February 2011, 03:52 PM
Hi Debra


Have a wander around here for tips.

http://www.petgroomerforums.com/chat/showthread.php?21435-Chris-Christensen-Pin-Brush

And this place is the one I get my bits and bobs and can recommend Ice on Ice spray ,I know this is UK based but it might give you some ideas .

http://www.hubintsecured.co.uk/acatalog/Pin_Brush.html


best wishes

brian and
poppy ,daisy,rosie and lily

sunshinekisses
10th February 2011, 05:48 PM
I use a pin brush and then go over with a fine tooth comb. And I use conditioner spray if I had any bad tangles.

CooperLove
10th February 2011, 10:12 PM
I just use the furminator. It makes his ears thin, but it cuts out on the mats. As soon as I see a tangle develop, I also pull it out with the furminator. At least he doesn't have a bunch of scissors marks on his ears.

GraciesMom
11th February 2011, 02:09 AM
Got some mats out with detangler and a good comb.... took lots of patience and some trimming too. Have not tried the Furminator yet .... any tips besides maybe not using it often on her ears??

CooperLove
11th February 2011, 02:17 AM
If she's not a show cavalier, just use the furminator. It is awesome. It will take care of the mats and if one should develop and you can catch earlier, it will pull it right out.

People who show their cavaliers probably wouldn't use it because it strips the hair, pulling out the looser hairs (I think). It doesn't hurt the dog or anything. I think it is made for dogs with undercoats and is good for the fine hair on the ears.

I had the comb that the breeder recommended and I just couldn't keep the mats from forming. I would comb his hair and then later the same day he would get mat!!

GraciesMom
11th February 2011, 01:49 PM
Thank you so much! I love your little Ruby sweetie. I am not showing Gracie for sure, so will definitely use the Furminator. Behind the ears is the toughest part from what I can tell. Got some bad mats in there so fast! THANK YOU

Brian M
11th February 2011, 02:03 PM
Hi Debra

Another good tool in my kit recommended by my groomer is the Coat King ,have a look here.

http://www.hubintsecured.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000099.cgi?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ehubintsecu red%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fP_index%2ehtml&WD=coat%20king&SHOP=%20&PN=Coat_Kings%2ehtml%23a2446#a2446

I cant remember what size my Coat King is but if interested I can let you know.:)

nicola
11th February 2011, 08:59 PM
I wouldn't use the furminator ON the ears, I use it behind the ears where the matting gets bad. I also use it on my ruby, Charlie's, coat as it strips the dead hair away.

CooperLove
11th February 2011, 10:34 PM
The furminator is awesome...worth every penny.

GraciesMom
12th February 2011, 01:01 AM
Thank you!!!


hi debra

another good tool in my kit recommended by my groomer is the coat king ,have a look here.

http://www.hubintsecured.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000099.cgi?refpage=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ehubintsecu red%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fp_index%2ehtml&wd=coat%20king&shop=%20&pn=coat_kings%2ehtml%23a2446#a2446

i cant remember what size my coat king is but if interested i can let you know.:)

GraciesMom
12th February 2011, 01:02 AM
I wouldn't use the furminator ON the ears, I use it behind the ears where the matting gets bad. I also use it on my ruby, Charlie's, coat as it strips the dead hair away.

Thanks! this is what I did very gently today... helped me remove some tricky mats very gently and then used it on her main coat.