Your cat or dog may have accidentally brushed up against one of the wet walls while you were painting. Now, it looks like they were your canvass instead of the wall.
A pet being covered in paint is never a good thing. Depending on the type of paint you used, your pet’s health may even be in serious jeopardy. You need to remove that paint on your pet’s coat of fur as soon as possible.
How exactly should you go about removing that foreign substance from your pet’s fur? You can learn more about how to do that by continuing with the rest of this article.
Step #1: Put an Elizabethan Collar on Your Pet
The first thing you need to do is to stop your pet from licking or nibbling on the spot coated with paint. You can do that by putting an Elizabethan collar on your pet.
Make sure the collar fits your pet well so it doesn’t fall off or choke them. Keep the collar on until you are able to remove the substance coating your pet’s fur.
Step #2A: Use Dog Shampoo or Soap to Remove Latex Paint
Next, you should now turn your attention to removing the paint. The method for removing that aforementioned substance will have to change based on what kind you used.
Latex paints can be removed with the help of dog shampoo. Use the shampoo to coat the painted area and lather it up before it rinsing it off.
But what if you don’t have shampoo available? Can you use a more common household item such as dish soap instead?
Dish soap can be used to clean your pet’s fur, but you need to rinse it thoroughly. As Petful points out, dish soap can irritate your pet’s skin so exercise caution when using it.
Step #2B: Use Vegetable Oil to Remove Oil-Based Paint
Using vegetable oil is recommended if you’re trying to remove oil-based paint from your pet’s fur. Simply rub the vegetable oil into the fur using fingers until the colored substance starts to fade away. You don’t have to worry too much about using vegetable oil because it is a pet-friendly substance.
Give your pet a bath once the foreign substance has been removed.
Step #3: Trim Your Pet’s Hair
Is the foreign substance not coming off no matter what you do? In that case, your only option is to trim your pet’s fur.
Take your cat or dog to the groomer or use the clippers you have to trim their fur. Keep the Elizabethan collar on your pet while trimming their fur to prevent a potential accident.
Don’t panic if paint ends up on your pet’s fur. By following the steps we laid out above, you will be able to remove that foreign substance without causing your furry friend any serious discomfort.
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