Removing Tree Sap from Your Pet's Fur

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September 9, 2008

I have a yellow lab that constantly gets tree sap in her hair. I can usually get the big chunks out with a comb, but there's always a residue that is left behind and collects dirt. She has sensitive skin. What can I use to remove it? Anyone?

Tammy from Sisters, OR


September 10, 20080 found this helpful

I've heard that you can use peanut butter to remove sap... Just make sure you shampoo out the peanut butter or all the neighborhood dogs will be licking her fur!

That "Goop" hand cleaner works pretty good as a stain fighter for greasy stains, why don't you give it a try.

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

You can use Crisco, butter, olive oil or anything greasy - work into the hair with the sap - it will loosen the sap from the hair - then shampoo or wash off with a soapy rag.


It works good on kids that get sap, gum, tar etc. in their hair.

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September 10, 20081 found this helpful

I've always used just a bit of baby oil on my black lab when he gets into stuff. Squirt a little spot on and comb out the 'stuff'. It usually gets it all out and doesn't hurt his fur either.

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

I used to use 409 to get pine pitch off my goats. Some liked nail polish remover.

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

You could some cornstarch or baby powder (great things from the 60's we used to put in our hair when no time to wash it. Then the instant powdered shampoos came out.)


Rub it in, brush it out.
If you are into shampooing the dog, don't use dog shampoo, it is made from allergens, ragweed extract, etc. We use Johnson & Johnson Baby wash for the kids and the dog. The dog gets in the shower as much as she can with whomever. Tender on the fur and skin, non sudsing. Dog: German Shorthair.

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By Coll (Guest Post)
September 12, 20080 found this helpful

Try using Lestoil. It works very well at removing sticky things.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, use butter to bring it down. Gently try to comb it out or if necessary cut out what can't be combed out. My baby gets pitch in her feet hairs and is a real pain. I only use butter when it is time for her bath again. I will do the butter earlier in the day so I have time to work the pitch out and so that it is still early enough to bath her before the sun goes down. Hope this helps.

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By Doxie Mama (Guest Post)
September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I was told by a groomer to use WD40, that it works wonderful just be sure you wash it off when finished so the dog won't lick it off.

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By Lucy (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Any idea what to do if my dog has tar in Her hair & in her paws?

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

I read the suggestions, grabbed my dog, olive oil & a comb. The dried sap was out in about 8 seconds! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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July 22, 2012

I built a cat run under pine trees that ooze sap after pruning. How can I get the sap out of the fur without having to shave the cats? Will the sap stop after a time?


By G. Grant from eastern shore MD


July 24, 20120 found this helpful

Peanut butter is your best bet. Rub it all in the sap covered fur, then wash that out with Dawn dish soap. The fur should then be clean and soft, with no sap and no grease. Good luck!

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May 25, 20151 found this helpful

I used a little bit of olive oil and rubbed it into the sap. It dissolved the sap in about a minute, and the vet said olive oil isn't toxic. Use a little warm water and Dawn dish detergent to clean it off.

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September 21, 2016

This is a page about cleaning tree sap on a dog. When removing tree sap from your dog's fur you want to use products and methods that are safe for your pet.

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