How to Get Gum Out of Dog Hair


Chewing gum causes a sticky mess wherever it ends up. While the stickiness gives gum longer-lasting chewing power, it causes the gum to adhere to hair. While it's hard enough to get gum out of a person's hair, it's equally hard to remove gum from a dog's hair. Some chewing gum containing the sweetener xylitol is even toxic to dogs if ingested. If removing the stuck-in mess by cutting it out of the dog's hair isn't an option, supplies found around the home help you successfully get the gum and sticky residue out of the dog hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Peanut butter
  • Pet hair comb
  • Paper towels
  • Dog shampoo
  • Apply creamy peanut butter to the gum stuck in your dog's fur. Rub the peanut butter into the chewing gum and surrounding fur. The oils in the peanut butter help to break down the stickiness of the gum.

  • Leave the peanut butter in the dog hair for a few minutes to loosen the gum.

  • Pick the gum out with a wide-toothed dog comb. As gum is removed, wipe it off on a paper towel. Continue to remove the gum with the comb and your fingers until all of the gum substance is removed.

  • Wet your dog's fur and shampoo it with dog shampoo to remove any remaining sticky residue, along with oil residue from the peanut butter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute vegetable or baby oil for peanut butter to help remove gum from dog fur.
  • Vinegar also helps break down the stickiness in gum, making it easier to remove from hair.
  • Take care that your dog doesn't try to eat the chewing gum while it's stuck in his hair or after you get the gum out. Chewing gum containing xylitol is highly toxic to dogs even in very small amounts. If your dog does not sit well or for long periods of time, it may be simpler to cut the gum out of the hair, and allow it to grow back.

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