Pet Grooming

Dog_HouseShed Ninja pet grooming tool is a highly effective instrument for minimizing pet hair and dander for indoor animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and other shedding creatures; significantly reducing the build up of fur in animal bedding and the home.  Regular use of the unique tool can limit pet allergens and improve pet health by removing pet hair from the environment and the animal’s internal digestive tract due to self grooming.

Pet grooming costs

In these challenging economic times, pet grooming service costs have increased dramatically motivating many owners to limit these expenses. Even moderately frequent professional grooming services can range between $165 to more than $200 annually depending on the size, hair length and condition of the fur.  A growing number of pet owners are instead choosing to groom their pets themselves or to forgo grooming all together, creating health concerns for pets and humans with a greater build up of pet hair in homes that increase airborne allergens and clog expensive HVAC systems. By providing a cost-effective de-shedding tool, Shed Ninja improves the grooming experience and frequency of brushing to reduce pet hair and its issues.

A specialized pet grooming tool is required to efficiently de-tangle and de-shed pets. Hairbrushes created for humans are ineffective as they are not designed to remove the undercoat and therefore only do half the job and poorly at that. The Shed Ninja’s rake side tool is needed to loosen fur in the undercoat and can be effective in reducing shedding up to 90%. While the blade side of the tool is mandatory for longer haired pets or those with thick, heavy coats.Thumbnail for

Pet health – digestive tract, stress, matting (pain, restricted movement), hot weather, pests, skin assessment and observation

Grooming is a major component of pet ownership playing an important role in an animal’s health. Self-grooming species such as dogs and cats lick their bodies to clean dirt and excess oils from their fur. Loose hair is most often swallowed entering the digestive tract to be eliminated as waste. Excessive hair consumption can create health issues in the digestive track causing blockage, vomiting and interference with important nutrient absorption from food. By reducing the amount of loose fur on their pet through brushing with a tool such as a Shed Ninja, owners can help insure limited fur ingestion.

Matted fur on your pet is more than an eyesore for your four legged friend’s appearance but can also be a health issue.  Matted fur builds expanding the issue until resolved either by brushing or shaving the hair in the effected area – it does not resolve on its own nor can the animal remove the matted fur themselves through grooming.  Matted fur often creates pain, skin irritation, and stress sometimes even restricting the movement of your pet. Frequent, effective grooming and brushing is the best way to prevent matted fur.

While de-shedding alone does not remove pests such as fleas, ticks or burrs, A good brushing reduces shedding, improves circulation and done regularly can help an owner to detect these issues for immediate resolution.

Tool Description and Explanation

The Shed Ninja is designed with two separate tools in one:  an undercoat rake and a blade.  The undercoat rake with longer teeth effectively reaches through the topcoat and brushes out the loose, tangled and dirty fur underneath, removing dead hair before it collects all over the floor for greater ease of clean-up.  An undercoat tool can be used more frequently than stripping rakes as it is gentle on the animal’s skin and won’t create sores or irritation even if used daily. The blade side of the Shed Ninja alternately has very short serrated teeth forming a loop attached to the handle meant to be used like a brush gently grabbing loose hair from the topcoat.  The use of both sides of the tool creates the most effective means of removing the maximum pet hair and dander.

Allergens

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology “An estimated 10 percent of the population may be allergic to animals. A higher rate of 20 to 30 percent of individuals with asthma have pet allergy symptoms…Their dander, or skin flakes, as well as their saliva and urine, can cause an allergic reaction. The animal hair is not considered to be a very significant allergen. However, the hair or fur can collect pollen, dust, mold and other allergens.” Regular effective grooming and removal of dander, pollen, dust and mold-carrying fur can help to lessen the build up of allergy-symptom causing material in the home.

two-rabbits-in-loveAnimal/owner bonding

Regular owner grooming done without pain or stress can help create a bond between the pet and members of a household.  This may be especially useful when bringing a new pet into the home or helping a fearful member of the family develop a positive relationship with an animal. Frequent grooming with positive reinforcement will help a pet to recognize the brushing time as a special rewarding experience and will add to the animal’s quality of life.

Cost, ease of use and time efficiency

The dual sided Shed Ninja implement and its superior design offer multiple benefits to the pet owner over other single blade instruments.  Priced under $20 for both blade and rake in one device, the Shed Ninja is an extremely cost efficient tool that offers ease of use and reduces the overall time spent on pet grooming.Thumbnail for

The ergonomically designed handle is especially valuable for elderly and multi-pet owners.  Arthritic hands and bodies of pet owning seniors can experience pain when grooming beloved companions from stiff and poorly designed handles on other apparatus yet the gentle curving of the Shed Ninja fits comfortably for improved grip and effectiveness, especially when grooming multiple pets or for professional groomers spending extensive hours at the task.

Groomer/Vet recommendations

The American Humane Association states:  “Grooming is an important part of caring for your pet and keeping him or her healthy. Both cats and dogs need regular brushing, and animals with longer hair (e.g., poodles, Yorkshire terriers) require frequent trips to a professional groomer. Fur that becomes matted can cause serious health issues for your pet. Dirt and oils can accumulate under mats and cause painful skin infections, and the mats themselves can be painful as they pull and stretch the skin underneath. Severe matting can even affect your pet’s ability to see, walk and eat normally.

Long- and medium-haired pets generally require daily brushing. Short-haired pets should usually be brushed once or twice per week.

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