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Alicia Moore
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Username: aannk

Post Number: 769
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 1:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lilly has vaseline build up all over her tail, rump, and back legs. The vet told us to coat her left leg with it to keep the pus that was running out of her drainage hole (from a seratoma) from scalding her.
In the meantime, the stuff has saturated her coat and her tail. Does anyone have product that would take this out? I gave her a bath yesterday, and used two shampoos (quick silver and herb and oats from epona) and it worked a little, but not very well.
TIA,
Alicia
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Elizabeth Kaufman
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Username: ekaufman

Post Number: 117
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 1:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Alicia,

You can google "removing vaseline from hair" for much low-quality entertainment. Looks like folks recommend cornstarch followed by shampoo, or various concoctions containing baking soda. Worst case you could use the skunk-removal recipe of baking soda, peroxide and a bit of dishwashing liquid, but that may remove more than vaseline (ask my rottweiler).

Good luck.
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Alicia Moore
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Username: aannk

Post Number: 771
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 2:07 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Elizabeth,
I wanted to ask here, as I know horse skin has a different ph than human or dog.
However, I do know cornstarch is safe as is baking soda. I will do as you suggest and take a look on google.
Thanks!
Alicia
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Elizabeth Kaufman
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Username: ekaufman

Post Number: 118
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 2:21 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Alicia,

Well, probably nothing that gets out the vaseline will actually be good for her skin. Of course it will eventually shed out as well, if this all sounds nasty. Don't know why I find these so interesting.

Here's a fun link for human/vaseline encounters

http://www.creativehomemaking.com/cleaning/removing-vaseline-from-hair.shtml
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Little King Ranch
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Username: eoeo

Post Number: 314
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 2:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Get some Dawn dishwashing soap and use warm water. It will do the trick as well as anything. Had a kitten get into some oil and the vet had me use it. They also use it to get oil spill residue off of the sea animals. EO
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Alicia Moore
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Post Number: 772
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 2:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

EO,
I was considering Dawn, as I use it in a homemade fly spray. I will take it with me next visit.
Elizabeth,
That works for her rump (shedding out), but it will take a LONG time for her tail to shed out ;)
Alicia
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Nadia F
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Username: nadia

Post Number: 122
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 - 3:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I was visiting the above site and was informed that there was an attempt to load a virus on my PC. Luckily, my Norton stopped it. Be warned if you do not have some kind of anti-virus software. Other than that, great tips!!
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Lilo
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Username: lilo

Post Number: 643
Registered: 4-2000
Posted on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 - 9:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Alicia,

When I have a greasy problem, I like to try oil. It seems counter-intuitive, but, when my horses got brown oily gunk on them from a freshly painted (with anti-chew paint) fence rail, I used corn oil and it worked great. Then you have still some oily stuff, but not sticky like the vaseline. Baby Oil might also work. At least you know it won't hurt the horse's skin.

No guarantees, but might work as a first treatment. Then follow with Dawn, or a mild shampoo, or something like that.

Lilo
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