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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Our little dog Sookie has paint drying on s paw, fur and

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our little dog Sookie has paint drying on his paw, fur and pad.. we were told to put paint thinner on it but that doesnt sound right at allplease advise
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

No, you mustn't apply paint thinner to a dog's skin. Paint thinner is also known as mineral spirits. It's heavy duty mineral oil (baby oil without the perfume) that you want to use to saturate the painted areas. The paint will become miscible in the oil and you can then wipe it away. Repeat as necessary. Mineral oil isn't toxic. Mineral spirits is.

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