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What Can Remove Paint From Dog Hair?

Updated July 19, 2017

Pets are notorious for getting into things they shouldn't, often creating a bit of a mess. Some pets owners might find their dogs or cats have got themselves covered in paint and wonder to get the animals cleaned up without shaving off the fur completely. There are a few simple tips to help remove paint from dog hair.

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Latex-Based Paint

If the paint is still damp and is latex-based, soap and water can be used to remove the paint from fur. Dog shampoo or gentle baby shampoo will work best, but liquid dish soap can be used as well. Wet down the dog's fur completely and then apply shampoo or soap, bringing it to a lather. Rinse and repeat the process until the paint is gone.

Dry or Oil-Based Paint

For paint that is already dry or is oil-based, use vegetable oil, petroleum jelly, or peanut butter on the affected area. Rub it into the dog's fur and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, use your fingers or a brush to gently pull the now-softened clumps of paint from the hair. Repeat this method until the paint is gone, and then give the dog a bath with shampoo or soap and water.

Tips and Warnings

Never use paint thinner or similar solvents to remove paint as this can result in a painful chemical burn for te animal. Be careful not to get soap, shampoo,or any other products into the pet's eyes. Be gentle and patient to with your methods to keep the dog calm.

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About the Author

Wendy Morgan has been writing professionally since 2003, writing for Anderson University's annual literary publication "Ivy Leaves" as well as the campus newspaper. She writes and edits educational brochures for Tri-County Technical college and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Anderson University.

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