To remove candle wax from dog hair is quite a time consuming but a straightforward task. However, you have to know your canine’s hair texture before you take any actions as all breeds are different from each other. You will find many varieties, even when it comes to your doggo’s fur. If you have more than one pet, you may experience that some dog hair will respond uniquely than the other pet hair while trying to remove wax out of the fur.
Fortunately, the wax removal techniques are the same for the majority of the breeds. In this article, I will tell you about some of the ideas that are widely used in the dog grooming community. Let’s start with what you need to get wax out of dog hair.
Things You’ll Need:
- Mineral oil or Baby oil
- Cotton balls
- wide-toothed metal grooming comb
- Dog’s calming shampoo
- Hair clippers (Optional)
How To Get Wax Out of Dog Hair
First thing first, RELAX! Your pet is alright, you are alright, and everything is going to be alright. So, don’t panic and look for the wax area on your pooch’s body. If the affected fur is not so near to the eyes, ears, or the other sensitive parts, you can easily take action. If the wax got into or onto such areas and if you are not confident to attempt anything, then stop reading this article and head straight to the nearest animal emergency services location. Otherwise, read further.
Step 1: Hold Your Dog Properly
It is essential to hold the dog properly before continuing the wax removal process. Your pooch should feel comfortable as it might take several minutes before you remove the wax from his hair. So, first, select a place where your dog can’t slip if he tries to move. You can try any elevated surface for that. If not, then taking the help of the countertop or even the seat of the couch will do. It will not only help your furry friend to stay calm but will also reduce the pressure on your back if the wax removal takes time.
Step 2: Use Mineral Oil or Baby Oil
Take a bowl and have some oil in it. You can also warm it up as warm oil is always a better option. Take a cotton ball and soak it into the bowl of mineral or baby oil. After that, rub the cotton ball over the affected area or over the hair that has wax in it. Do not apply much pressure and massage it with the light hand. Before going further, you have to make sure that the hair and wax are thoroughly dampened with oil. Oily things make the surface area or the fur of your dog smoother.
Step 3: Start Combing
This part of the process is quite challenging, and you have to be patient about it. Keep talking to your pet to keep him engaged while combing his hair. Take a wide-toothed metal grooming comb and start working through the wax-coated hair. The oil you have used on the fur has already loosened the wax, so just keep calm and keep combing with your controlled hand.
Repeat the process until the hair is entirely free from the wax. In some cases, you may lose some hair during the process, but don’t worry as your pooch will get them back after a few weeks. If you don’t have a wide-toothed metal brush, then you can also try using your hairbrush. However, it is quite less effective.
Step 4: Soothing Shampoo
Once everything is done, and you have removed the significant portion of the wax, then take your dog into the bathroom and bathe him to wash away excess wax and oil. It is important to use calming or soothing shampoo so that your pooch feels good after the bath. Don’t forget to give your dog his favorite treats for cooperation and support.
Step 5: Using Hair Clipper (Optional)
Even after trying out everything, if you are still unable to remove candle wax from dog hair, then there is an option of shaving. Shaving is the easiest, quickest, and the best solution for getting wax off from your pet’s fur. Take a hair clipper and use it without the guard. Shave against the affected area of your dog and remove the wax a little at a time. Keep talking and encouraging your pooch so that he doesn’t get scared of the noise of the machine. The whole process will not take more than 15 minutes.
The Bottom Line
Wax will be gone, and your dog will be fine. You don’t need to use any chemicals, you will not get any troubles, and your furry friend will not shed any tears. Isn’t it a win-win situation? 🙂