When your pup finds himself in a sticky situation that transforms him from your furry friend into a character from Candy Land, it's time to clean him up and get all that nasty candy out of his coat. But you can't just pull and twist, at least not without a bit of oily help.
Pour a few drops of vegetable oil onto a washcloth. You don't want to soak the cloth, just apply enough that you can work it into your pup's coat. Rub the oil into the sticky spots of your little guy's fur, coating all of the nasty candy and affected hairs. You may want to use your fingers as well, just to make sure you wet all the problem areas with oil.
Remove large clumps with your fingers. After letting the oil work its magic for a few minutes, you can begin the painless removal process. Since the oils have loosened the candy and, hopefully, have negated its stickiness, the largest pieces should come out with a gentle twist and pull. Do not yank the candy, and always stop if you notice you're pulling out your pup's hair.
Brush out smaller pieces. With tiny chunks clinging to your pup's fur, you'll be hard pressed to remove all of the sticky nastiness with your hands. Instead, run a brush through your dog's fur, but remember: be gentle! The candy and residue should slide right off the hair at this point, but if the oil wasn't massaged in enough or didn't reach its intended target, the little pieces may cling to the fur and rip out your pup's hair. If that's the case, reapply a bit of oil.
Use scissors if all else fails. If the sweet disaster in your pup's fur only affects the tops of his hairs and a bit of oil doesn't do the trick, try cutting out the stickiness. But only use scissors if you're cutting the top of his fur. If you find the candy near his skin, don't whip out those sharp blades, unless you're experienced in trimming your pup's fur, because it can be difficult to tell skin from hair.
Give your pup a small wash down afterward. You don't need to shuffle his butt into the bath for an all-out cleaning, but a bit of shampoo and water on the area you dabbed with oil will help clean up any excess residue. If you don't want to deal with the messiness of water, you can opt for a waterless shampoo instead.
Items You Will Need
- Vegetable oil
- Dog brush
- If your pup has long hairs between his toes, trim them regularly to lessen the chance of him picking up something nasty from the ground, like chewing gum.
- If the candy has embedded itself in your pup's skin and vegetable oil doesn't loosen it, take him to the groomer.
- Some people suggest using peanut butter, which also works, thanks to the oils from the peanuts. But it is a bit messier than using vegetable oil.
- Do not pour vegetable oil onto your pup's coat. Always pour it onto a washcloth first. You don't want a bunch of oil settling into his skin.
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