How to get burrs out of dog hair

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How to get burrs out of dog hair
When dogs play outside, they can get burrs stuck to their fur. (dog image by jeancliclac from

Burrs, also referred to as foxtails, are prickly seeds that are found on some plants. When your dog is outside playing, it may come in to contact with some of these plants. If your dog comes back with a bunch of burrs stuck to his fur, you will want to remove them right away. Burrs can cause pain for a dog, and can lead to skin irritation and matting if they are not removed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • De-tangling spray
  • Vegetable oil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Put on a pair of gloves so that you don't get stuck with the burrs while you are trying to remove them from your dog.

  2. 2

    Use a pair of tweezers to pull the burrs loose from your dog's fur. Do this only if your dog has just got the burs, and if there are only a few burs to be removed.

  3. 3

    Spray your dog's fur with detangling spray if the burrs don't come right out with the tweezers. Once you have used the spray, you can work the burrs out with your tweezers.

  4. 4

    Wipe vegetable oil over your dog's fur if the burrs are widespread. The vegetable oil will make the burrs easy to slide out. You can slide them out with the tweezers. It will make a mess, and you will need to give your dog a bath after.

  5. 5

    Cut out any burrs that you cannot remove. This is a last resort, but is better than leaving the burrs in the dog's fur. Just be careful that you do not cut too close to the dog's skin.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to find the area of your property, or the area of the park you took your dog to that has the burrs. Then keep your pup away from that area in the future.
  • Make sure you thoroughly check your dog over so that you do not leave any burrs behind. Burrs can make their way into any tiny crevice, such as an armpit, and even near the testicles.

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