I'm hoping someone can advise here -
Our very-recently adopted BC Maverick has a deep affinity for kicking/scratching his paws as a marking maneuver. Apparently this morning on his walk, he must have kicked over a pine cone or something similar as I found him nibbling at his back foot and found something sticky-resiny-sappy coated over one of his pads and matted in the hair between pads.
Does anyone have any tips for cleaning pine sap off a dog's paws? Also, would it be okay to trim out the matted hair between his pads? I'd have to trim the hair down pretty far and I want to make sure it wouldn't make Maverick's paw more vulnerable to damage. We live in Arizona and while it's cooling down now and we try and keep off of blacktop/cement, I just want to make sure that trimming the hair out wouldn't compromise anything.
Thanks in advance for any help!