Sticky traps are excellent for live capture of rats and mice, but they will catch anything.
Even your pets will adhere to sticky traps.
If your dog or cat gets stuck on a rodent sticky trap, don’t panic. There is an easy fix.
As is true with many glues, glue traps’ adhesive will dissolve in the presence of oil. You can use just about any clean, unused oil, but vegetable oil is the safest. If no vegetable oil is available you could substitute petroleum jelly or baby oil. Avoid motor oil except as a last resort.
First, put on latex or nitrile gloves if you have them. If your pet is fractious and you have a prescription tranquilizer from your veterinarian, administer that orally. Apply the oil liberally to the body part attached to the sticky trap, as well as the surrounding sticky trap to prevent more adhesion. Work the oil into the hair and skin and, gradually, the sticky trap will let go.
Now you have a greasy dog or cat. Dawn® dishwashing detergent has proven itself safe in untold numbers of wild-animal oilings, so use it to clean your pet.
You may shorten the cleaning process by carefully clipping hair before bathing.
If you have a soothing medicated shampoo such as Sebolux®, bathe another time to calm the skin.
Towel-dry and blow-dry your pet, then give him lots of love and comfort. He’s been through a lot!
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.