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Old 10-07-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Last night, I let Tonka out on his long leash around 10 pm right before bed. This was pure laziness on my part... I should have walked him myself instead of giving him his 16 feet of freedom, but I was pooped out. So this is my fault!

He comes trotting back to the front door after taking care of business, but he is hopping on his back leg. I take a look at it, and he's got a few little sticks, leaves, pine straw and assorted muck stuck to his paw.

I pick off all of the debris, but there's this sticky stuff stuck to his paw pad. It looks to be tree sap. I tried wiping it off with a paper towel which didn't work too well... it just shredded. So, I take him upstairs with me to the bathroom, and I get *most* of it off with a wash cloth with warm, soapy water.

He was very good about me messing with his paw, but after about 20 minutes of standing on three legs, he had had enough. Like I said, I got most of the sap off, and he didn't seem interested in licking his paw, so we went to bed.

This morning, he didn't fuss with his paw, but there's still some sap stuck to his paw. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to get it off? If he does lick his paw, will it hurt him?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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Rub vegetable or olive oil into the gummy sap and it should release it. Baby oil works well too. So does liquid hand sanitizer, though I would wash the fur off afterwards so your dog does not ingest it. The oil will not hurt your dog. I have used all of those to remove pine sap from my hands, grease will also come off using those.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thank you! Now everyone knows what I'll be doing tonight.

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Rub vegetable or olive oil into the gummy sap and it should release it. Baby oil works well too. So does liquid hand sanitizer, though I would wash the fur off afterwards so your dog does not ingest it. The oil will not hurt your dog. I have used all of those to remove pine sap from my hands, grease will also come off using those.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Okay, I have no experience with tree sap, but...

If the veg/olive oil doesn't work (a la TheDragonslayer's suggestions), I would try peanut butter. It makes chewing gum less gummy and more crumbly, so it may work for tree sap in a similar fashion.

Like I said, I don't know if it would work or not, but it's something that's totally safe for the dog, and it's worth a shot.
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks vemureaux, for the PB suggestion. It would probably work, except for my dog LOVES PB, and I'd have to fight him to get it on his paw. He'd be licking like crazy and wondering if today is his lucky day.

Actually, when I got home last night, I took a look at Tonka's paw. The remaining sap had hardened and I was able to break it off without a problem. It just crumbled in my hands the second I touched it.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:54 AM
 
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My dog Charles got sap inbetween the pads of his paws today. He's not a big fan of people messing with his paws but apparently the sap was the greater of two evils. I used Purell (or use a generic hand sanitizer) on a cotton ball and he let me take the sap clean off!!!(this took no more than 15 seconds). I then made sure to wipe his paw down with a clean washcloth with warm water and he was back to snuggling with the hubby in no time! (yes I did the work but did not reap the benefits). Thank you Dragonslayer for the amazing tip!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:23 PM
 
Location: middleboro, ma
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rubbing alcohol dissolves tree sap. that's why hand sanitizers work for sap removal.
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