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I bought the Mikki Moult Master for my retriever cross dog. Jamie had a very thick coat and being a black dog he really felt the heat a lot in the summer. He actually had a double coat that was long and hard to brush or comb right through. The undercoat was quite fine and there was often a lot of hair that was difficult to shed. One option would have been to clip him right out but he was a rescue dog who never really enjoyed handling or grooming. He was very frightened of the clippers. When he got older the grooming routine became even more difficult as he really wasn't keen on a lot of brushing and combing. I found the Mikki Moult Master to be an excellent tool for getting rid of that very fine undercoat of dead hair. It doesn't pull at the dog's hair or cut live hair and so most dogs will be happy for you to use the tool on them. The Moult Master is easy to hold and to use and it really does do a good job. I was amazed at the amount of hair that came out of Jamie and he was much more comfortable afterwards. Before buying the Moult Master it is best to read the manufacturer's instructions on how and when to use the tool. Mikki says: "Before using the Moult Master, ensure your pet's coat has had all large knots and tangles removed, is clean/washed and the coat is completely dry. It is best to use the Moult Master outdoors or in an easy to clean area Hold the Moult Master with your thumb on top of the grip behind the head. With smooth, even strokes, applying a little pressure, move in the direction of the coat. The undercoat and dead hair will come out painlessly, giving an even glossed finish to the coat. Do not over repeat the process in any one area. Do not use on delicate areas such as ears, stomach or around the eyes or genitals. Always replace the Moult Master tooth guard when not in use. Not to be used on wool coats i.e. Poodle, Puli & Bichon Frise." If you go to the Mikkipet website there is a video you can watch which shows the correct way to use the tool. It's worth looking this up and you'll be amazed at the results they get. I would say, however, that I couldn't have used such a brisk technique on my oldie. A few minutes gentle grooming was the order of the day for him. You can buy the Mikki Moult Master in the large or small size and most pet shops or online retailers stock them. The price is usually from around £10 upwards. It might seem expensive but you'll only need to buy it once and there are no blades to replace.
Grooming a pet can be a really pleasurable task - or something to be dreaded - depending on how your particular pet reacts to it. Fortunately, my animals love it and, having a dog and five cats it means that I can thoroughly enjoy the prospect myself. The Mikki Moult Master is something I came across quite recently and, having seen it demonstrated, I couldn't wait to try it out myself. Having already used many Mikki items I had no doubt that the claims they made would be fulfilled and I wasn't disappointed. To start with the whole appearance of this tool shows that it was designed with ease of use in mind. The handle is ideally suited for the task - black plastic with raised grips on both sides in red - these taking the form of "footprints" on the top. The "comb" (for ease of description) is made of heat treated stainless steel and has dual edged teeth. I'm not sure what this means exactly - but it IS very effective! There is also a "tooth guard" to protect the business end of the tool when not in use. These teeth are very small - about half a centimetre in length - but the idea is that they remove the dead hair from the undercoat, which has been shed but sometimes remains hidden under the top coat. This can often cause problems such as matts and tangles especially in dogs with double coats like my own Border Collie. I have been able to use the Moult Master on Zephyr, the aforementioned Border Collie, and also five cats of varying type ranging from one with long hair to a very large half Siamese. They love it so much that they queue for the attention. Every time I use it I am amazed at just how much hair is removed and the resulting improved appearance as it brings a silky look and feel to each of them even though they appeared fine beforehand. The Moult Master comes in two sizes - small: which is 4.5 cm and medium: 6.5 cm. I have the smaller version which works fine on the cats and my dog. I would think the larger one would be needed for big dogs. It does have a warning that it should not be used on dogs with "wool" coats such as the Poodle, Puli or Bichon Frise. The price seems to vary from place to place but the recommended price seems to be £19.99. I have seen it as much as £23 and less than £10 on Amazon, so it is well worth doing a little shopping around. I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift so I can't give any details of the price I paid. I can say that it is probably the best grooming tool I have had for many years of pet owning and I can well believe the claim that it is designed and used by professional groomers. I hope that this has been helpful to you and I thank you for reading it.