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Stickers in Your Dog Fur: How to Tackle the Prickly Beasts

Dog Fur Goat HeadIf you live in New Mexico than you have likely stepped on your fair share of stickers and Goat Heads. It can be hard enough getting stickers out of your shoes, much less your pets fur. Getting burrs out of your dog’s fur can be tedious for both of you so here are some ways to go about it without hurting either of you!

  • When you pet gets home from the outdoors go over his or her entire fur by gently patting the sides, back, legs, tail and neck. Make sure not to forget the small crevices (ears, armpits) – that’s where they like to nest best!
  • Use a METAL comb to pull the loose stickers from your dog’s fur. Again do so gently starting from the affected hair above the stickers, so they will slide down the hair shaft until you can remove it a bit easier.
  • Put on a pair of leather work gloves to carefully remove stubborn stickers by hand. Hold down the roots of your dog’s hair with one hand and gently pull the sticker burrs out with the other. The leather gloves will help you grab the sticker easier and prevent it from hurting your fingers.
  • Gently pull the matted hair apart with your fingers, starting at the tips of his fur and working your way down to the roots. Once the fur is untangled, extract the sticker by hand.
  • Use a little vegetable oil to loosen and lubricate the fur around the severely tangled stickers so you can slide it out with your fingers. Make sure to give your doggy a bath afterward using warm water and dog shampoo to remove the vegetable oil.
  • Do not cut stickers out of your dog’s fur unless they are extremely stubborn and only do so as a last resort. Make sure to use blunt-tipped scissors to prevent injuring the skin and angle the scissor blades perpendicular to your dog’s skin instead of parallel to it so any resulting bald spots aren’t quite so noticeable. Scissors are best in areas that are hidden (such as the belly, toes or ears). If you start cutting away on the back or neck, you might end up with lots of bald spots, so avoid it unless you have no other choice.
  • Finally smooth out your dog’s fur by grooming them with a slicker brush after removing all of the stickers. This helps also remove all of the burrs.

It may sound tedious and time consuming but in the end its best to remove them because stickers can burrow into the skin and cause a lot of pain and irritation to your pup. Keep them happy and take the time to make this a pleasant after walk experience. They will love the attention if you do it right.