Sugary tree sap can be a dog parent's worst nightmare during the spring and early summer when it's most abundant. Not only is it difficult to get this incredibly sticky stuff off your dog's fur, but its scratchy pine needles and other debris can turn their coat into a matted, tacky mass.
Don't delay sap removal because the longer it sits in your dog's fur, the more likely it is to cause problems. Here's how to remove sap from your dog's fur:
- Soften the Sap: If your dog isn't terrified of a blow dryer, using it on the lowest setting can soften the sap and make it easier to remove.
- Apply oil: To further soften and loosen the sticky substance, apply pet-safe oil-based lubricants.
- Break Up the Sap: Work the sap out slowly and delicately with your fingers or, even better, a wide-toothed comb. Don't tug if it won't come off, or else you'll hurt your dog, and they will be reluctant next time.
- Cut Out Stubborn Sap: If you've tried applying oil multiple times and the sap still won't budge, you might have cut a small patch.
- Give a Cleansing Bath: To remove any last bits of sap and oil, give your dog a bath in warm water with dog shampoo.