Dogs can be as mischievous as they are playful; they get themselves covered in all manner of muck, such as grease, as a result. Remove grease from your dog's coat with just a few household items. Do it quickly. If Muscles tries to lick himself clean, he may poison himself.
Pat your pup down with paper towels, absorbing as much of the grease as possible. Check to make sure whether the grease has gotten all the way down to your pup's skin.
Mix equal parts corn starch and baby powder, and apply it liberally to the greasy spots on your pup's coat. Part the fur and sprinkle deep in the coat to ensure you coat all the greasy spots. Focus on covering the grease-covered fur. You don't need to cover his entire coat.
Grab that brush and start brushing. Avoid getting any powder or spreading grease in your pup's eyes, ears, mouth or nose. Brush the powder off your dog's coat. When you have brushed off all the powder, touch the coat to see if it's still greasy, and if it is, repeat Steps 1 and 2.
Get your four-legged pal into the tub and rinse him off with warm water to remove any remaining powder. Apply the de-greasing shampoo and work it into a lather. If you don't have de-greasing shampoo, you can use dish-washing detergent. Seventh Generation's Free & Clear natural dish liquid is hypoallergenic, nontoxic, and free of dyes and fragrances. It touts itself as tough on grease. It will do in a pinch.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Dry your dog off with a towel, and blow-dry his coat. It should be grease-free, but if it's not, you'll have to get him into that tub again, but this time use his doggie shampoo, even if it's not a de-greasing shampoo.
Using too much dish-washing liquid can dry out your dog's skin. Avoid using it on dogs with sensitive skin.
If after you complete Steps 1 through 4, your dog's coat still feels greasy, it may be best to bring him in to see a professional groomer.
Items You Will Need
- Paper towels
- Corn starch
- Baby powder
- Dog brush
- Dish-washing detergent (or de-greasing shampoo)
- HeartyPet.com: Cleaning Grease From Your Dog’s Coat
- "Dog Grooming For Dummies;" Margaret H. Bonham; 2006; p. 230
- PetPlace.com: My Dog Is Covered in Paint or Tar or Oil
- If after you complete Steps 1 through 4, your dog's coat still feels greasy, it may be best to bring him in to see a professional groomer.
- Using too much dish-washing liquid can dry out your dog's skin. Avoid using it on dogs with sensitive skin.
Vivian Gomez contributes to Retailing Today, the Daily Puppy, Paw Nation and other websites. She's covered the New York Comic Con for NonProductive since 2009 and writes about everything from responsible pet ownership to comic books to the manner in which smart phones are changing the way people shop. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Pace University.