• Lately EL D has taken to chasing chipmunks up pine trees (he tries to climb up after them) and comes back with pine pitch on his fur. I know this isn't going to harm him at all and that it will grow out eventually, but I would like to get it off. Can anyone suggest a suitable soap?


  • I've heard pbutter or baby oil will work.


  • Like dissolves like, so vegetable oil, baby oil, or peanut butter will all help to get it out. Then you can just wash with a good quality dog shampoo.


  • And butter works…. .. I had this happen at a show and the only thing available was butter..gggg.... and then a bath... of course they really wanted to just "eat" the butter


  • How funny that you say butter, when I was typing my list I almost put coconut oil which actually has about the same consistency as butter. Solid at room temp but melts easily at body temperature. I just figured that I am the only weirdo with a whole container of it in my garage.


  • Actually….I have some coconut oil too. Two giant jars. I cook with it alot. And regarding sappy stuff stuck in fur, this would be why Riley had a dime sized bald spot on his rump recently. I gave the sap about 10 days before deciding I would just try to pull it out in strips, and guess what the hair came too. I basically waxed Riley's bum. He was really good about it. It grew back in really fast. Next time I'll reach for my coconut oil 😉


  • Hadn't thought about it for cooking. It makes great soap which is why I have it, I do a soap making lab with my Chem kids.


  • Hmmm, I always use rubbing alcohol when mine get pitch-y. I put a little on a cosmetic pad {or swipe some alcohol wipes from my kids' Diabetes supplies}
    and rub it off. They come clean and there's no oil left on the hair.


  • Thanks for he tips - I'll try them tonight.


  • @mauigirl:

    I basically waxed Riley's bum. He was really good about it. It grew back in really fast. Next time I'll reach for my coconut oil 😉

    Hahahaha… Oh what a great mental picture...like Riley was at a day spa or something. 😃


  • Hope he got a mani pedi while you were at it! 😉


  • I tried the vegetable oil, peanut butter, and butter but EL D managed to wiggle too much and lick everything off before I could work it into the pine pitch.
    However, since I was out of rubbing alcohol, I used witch hazel instead and that really did the trick - and it must not have any odor 'cuz EL D didn't even pay attention to it.


  • @wizard:

    I tried the vegetable oil, peanut butter, and butter but EL D managed to wiggle too much and lick everything off before I could work it into the pine pitch.
    However, since I was out of rubbing alcohol, I used witch hazel instead and that really did the trick - and it must not have any odor 'cuz EL D didn't even pay attention to it.

    Good call, I use Witch Hazel on the kids when they scratch eachother up while playing. Both Zaire and Charlie don't seem to mind it. I have never had to try it on the roommates min-pin as Charlie and Zaire don't roughhouse with him as hard as they do with eachother. 🙂

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