How to Remove Gum From A Dog's Fur

How to Remove Gum From A Dog's Fur

Gum stuck anywhere is a nuisance but in hair or dogs fur it can be a frustrating situation.  Removing the gum requires patience but with the right approach, you can effectively remove the gum without causing discomfort. Here are two ways to approach this task. Choose the one that you are most comfortable with.

Use Ice to Harden the Gum.

Start by applying ice to the gum stuck in the fur. The ice will help harden the gum, making it less sticky and easier to remove. Gently hold the ice against the gum for a few minutes. Once the gum has hardened, try to gently peel it off with your fingers.  If the gum softens repeat holding the ice on gum till it hardens again and continue to peel the gum off with your fingers or a comb.

 Apply peanut butter, olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise to the gum

 Use your fingers to work the oily substance you choose into the fur around the gum. Make sure the affected area is completely covered.  Allow the oily substance to stay on the gum for a couple minutes. This gives it time to soak into the gum, loosening it. Then pick the gum off with your fingers or use a comb.  Keep the chewed gum out of the dog's mouth. Sugar-free gum is harmful to dogs because it contains xylitol. Although regular gum is usually harmless to dogs, it's best to play it safe.

After successfully removing the gum, clean the affected area with dog-friendly shampoo. Gently lather the area and rinse thoroughly with water.