by Krystal Torres
With the warm weather still lingering, chances are your favorite four legged friend is still roaming the yard and with that comes all kinds of fun things that can get stuck in his or her fur. Do burrs, brambles, tree sap, or tar sound familiar to you? When something gets caught in your pet’s coat it’s important to get it out as quickly as you can. Otherwise, the fur will mat which can lead to skin infection and discomfort for your pet. Luckily, there are a couple of common household items that can be used to help!
Tip: any oily substance is great for getting the sticky stuff out of your pet’s fur. Feel free to bust out the peanut butter. Not only is it oily, but it’s also great for when your pet decides to help your removal efforts.
TOOLS: a blow-dryer, peanut butter, olive or coconut oil, a medium to wide-toothed comb, scissors, Dawn dish soap, and a slicker brush.
Tip: if you feel that your pet will be a repeat offender, you can always just shave the coat. If you do, leave some fur around the paws and ears. That way if your dog comes in contact with the prickly stuff again the plant will get caught in the fur instead of becoming wedged into the feet or ears where it can cause some damage… ouch!
TOOLS: leather gloves, heavy conditioner, needle-nose pliers or a slicker brush, medium to wide-toothed comb, dog shampoo.
We hope this information will help you and your pet survive the remaining summer months! For more information check out the original article which appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of AKC Family Dog Magazine.