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    I always see people using these crazy wire brushes on animals and I cringe.

    If you took one of those things to your skin, you would cause thousands of microabrasions, scratches, and cuts. I can't imagine that an animal's skin is any different. Even if they don't outright bleed, its got to be bad for a bulldogs skin. Especially when the hair is so short. Its like wire right on the skin. And also when you deal with inflamed skin on bulldogs due to diet and other inflammatory conditions that result in shedding / alopecia / allergic skin reactions ... it seems to me you wouldn't want to further agitate that skin by scraping it.

    As a result, do you all recommend a different type of brush for a bulldog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter Tiberius View Post
    I always see people using these crazy wire brushes on animals and I cringe.

    If you took one of those things to your skin, you would cause thousands of microabrasions, scratches, and cuts. I can't imagine that an animal's skin is any different. Even if they don't outright bleed, its got to be bad for a bulldogs skin. Especially when the hair is so short. Its like wire right on the skin. And also when you deal with inflamed skin on bulldogs due to diet and other inflammatory conditions that result in shedding / alopecia / allergic skin reactions ... it seems to me you wouldn't want to further agitate that skin by scraping it.

    As a result, do you all recommend a different type of brush for a bulldog?
    my vet said to use a rubber bristle brush.

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    Actually I just got a slicker brush at @Twice gave the recommendation. It doesn't really get out too much hair but it brings the blood to the surface of the skin and promotes healing I think.

    I used it on my bullies last bath. I was surprised at all the large flakes that came out that didn't with the other brushes I have. The skin under these flakes became very pink and looked way better within 24 hours. The pores were obviously clogged and it really helped bring air to their skin. Their coats even look more fabulous now I'm really pleased. They loved it when I brushed them with it too.


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    We use a rubber brush that has a strap that fits over the hand. We bought it at a feed store. 4-H ers use them on their hogs!

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    I use the zoom groom and furmerator. My boys seems to love it and I brush gently once a day.

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    I think it may be good for a once in a blue brushing if done gently. It will help to kind of stimulate and exfoliate the skin. I have a rubber brush that I also use to take off the loose hair after her bath. I have been thinking of buying her a natural boars hair bristle brush.
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    I used the Furminator on our golden retriever, cocker spaniel, and long haired cat to thin out thick areas and to get rid of matts, but I'm not sure why you'd need to use one on a short haired dog like a bully. You have to be really careful when you use the Furminator - if you go over the same area repeatedly it can cause skin abrasions. The blades are really sharp. I use a rubber brush on my bully and boston terrier and it works great. Gets rid of the loose hairs and I think it massages the skin - they love it!

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    Thanks everyone! I used the search tool here and found that zoom groom rubber brush. Already on its way to me

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    I use a rubber mitt with little rubber prongs on it. It is gently, removes loose hair, stimulates his skin and he seems to like it. I think it works for me and my bully.:-)

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    Are wire brushes really bad?. I just bought one and Taz isn't used to it yet, but now I'm not sure if I want to use.
    If I have the receipt I will try to bring back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslafferty View Post
    I used the Furminator on our golden retriever, cocker spaniel, and long haired cat to thin out thick areas and to get rid of matts, but I'm not sure why you'd need to use one on a short haired dog like a bully. You have to be really careful when you use the Furminator - if you go over the same area repeatedly it can cause skin abrasions. The blades are really sharp. I use a rubber brush on my bully and boston terrier and it works great. Gets rid of the loose hairs and I think it massages the skin - they love it!
    I actually use the zoom groom to loosen up the loose hair and the furminator to pick up all the loose hair off my bully. I dont actually run it thru his fur like I do on my lab who has the double coat. Its crazy because I really think my bully sheds more then my lab

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    I use the ferminator. Does anyone else?

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