How Do I Remove Diesel Fuel from a Dog's Coat?

How do I remove diesel fuel from a dog's coat?

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April 21, 20111 found this helpful

The safest way is with dawn dish soap and you may have to do it two or 3 times to get it out.

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May 20, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks to all who replied so quickly re diesel on my dog. My problem is that you must all be in America..I am in NZ. What is dawn dish soap? Anne

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May 23, 20170 found this helpful

It is just a basic liquid dish soap. Make sure the soap is without additives, like bleach or ammonia. I couldn't find anything in New Zealand to recommend, mostly because Dawn has a "New Zealand Springs" scented soap right now. It is muddying up the search results.


If you go to the pet store and get a basic soap, it will do much the same thing.

Good luck!

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April 22, 20111 found this helpful

Hello, I totally agree with Fuzzy. I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years and that is what we used when there was an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. We used it on all the sea birds, otters and any other mammals that were affected. You might have to do it a few times. Rinse the dawn off really well as the soap residue can cause a skin rash. Good luck. How did your dog get the fuel on him in the first place?

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October 16, 20180 found this helpful

I was fueling my tractor and he got underneath. The jug was heavy and I missed the spout a couple of times. I'll try the Dawn.

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April 22, 20111 found this helpful

As the wife of a trucker and the owner of 2 very inquisitive dogs, I've "been there, done that"!


Fuzzytufts has it right. 2, 3, or sometimes even 4 baths with Dawn dish soap and as warm water as your dog can handle is the best way. Diesel is much worse than regular gas or even oil. But once you've gotten all the diesel out of the dog's coat, be sure and put some softener (regular people hair conditioner, the kind that is rinsed out) on him/her, let it sit on him/her for about 5 minutes to soak into his/her skin some, then rinse him/her good. This'll help replenish some of the skin oils that were taken out with all the washings.

Be sure and wash around her eyes really well with a soapy wash cloth and rinse good, also in and around her ears and butt too.

Also, be sure it's Dawn, and not another brand. There is something in Dawn that is better than any other brand on cutting through grease and oil, and diesel too.

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July 26, 20160 found this helpful

do I wash him once a day or one after another?

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