How to Remove Adhesive From Dog Fur

by Jon Mohrman
    Some wound dressings leave adhesive residue on dog fur.

    Some wound dressings leave adhesive residue on dog fur.

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    A sticky mess from adhesive residue is certainly not a pleasant companion accessory for your dog's fur. Getting it out, unfortunately, can be tricky. Not all home remedies work on all types of sticky gunk; you may need to try a few before successfully removing your dog's adhesive spot. For example, if you try dish detergent and it doesn't work, move on to an oil or other option. It might save you some trouble, though, if you call your vet or professional groomer and ask for a recommendation for cleaning the particular substance.

    Step 1

    Put a dab of Dawn liquid dish detergent on the adhesive residue as one option. Gently rub it into your dog's fur with a sponge, then rinse the area thoroughly. If your dog has sensitive skin or an allergic skin condition, though, dish detergent may be irritating. If you know your dog has such a condition, avoid the dish detergent and try a natural oil.

    Step 2

    Apply a coating of mineral oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil or vegetable oil to the adhesive residue as an alternative to dish detergent or other approaches. Leave it on for at least one hour, but for no more than 24 hours for a really stubborn patch. Shampoo your dog with your normal canine cleanser to wash out the adhesive and to remove the oil from her coat.

    Step 3

    Dab rubbing alcohol onto the hair affected by the adhesive if dish detergent or oils don't work, then rinse it off. However, if the adhesive is from a medical tape or dressing where there's a fresh wound, this isn't a good idea; the alcohol may cause a considerable stinging sensation.

    Step 4

    Smear petroleum jelly over the sticky spot on your dog's coat and leave it on for a few minutes to soften the adhesive as another option. Bathe your pet with your regular dog shampoo to get out the greasy mess.

    Step 5

    Buy a canine degreasing shampoo if home remedies don't work. Specialty products at the pet or retail store remove oil, grease and other unpleasant gunk that gets stuck to hair. Follow the package instructions and heed its warnings. Such products may be too irritating for dogs with sensitive, dry or allergic skin.

    Step 6

    Use appropriate substances; don't cut a corner using something potentially harmful like nail polish remover or other caustic matter. If you're trying a product that isn't made specifically for dogs, get clearance from your veterinarian first.

    Items You Will Need

    • Dawn liquid dish detergent
    • Mineral, tea tree, eucalyptus or vegetable oil
    • Dog shampoo
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Petroleum jelly
    • Dog degreasing shampoo

    Tip

    • If you're desperate, applying mayonnaise or peanut butter may effectively remove adhesive residue from your dog's fur. Obviously, either will create a considerable mess and necessitate an immediate bath.

    Photo Credits

    • Dean Golja/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Jon Mohrman has been a writer and editor for more than seven years. He specializes in food, travel and health topics. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for English literature and San Francisco State University for creative writing.

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