How can tree sap be removed from dogs’ paws?

Updated: June 12, 2017

How can tree sap be removed from dogs’ paws?

Try putting salad or vegetable oil on the sap to soften it, and then remove the goop with a paper towel. If necessary, apply pet shampoo for a final cleanup. Another oily “solvent” that might help is smooth peanut butter: The oil breaks down the sap so you can comb it out.

The buildup of sap can be slowed by very carefully shaving the furry areas between a dog’s toes, using a surgical clipping blade – never scissors. Try not to clip so close that pine sap, an irritant, would directly touch the skin. You can hire a groomer if you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself.