I definitely don't want to cut it out. I use the furminator to brush it out, but it seems to rip it out somewhat harshly. The dogs never complain, but I'm sure it doesn't feel good. Is there any sort of liquid solution that won't hurt the dogs skin/fur but will break down the stickiness of the sap? It's imbedded similar to what bubble gum would do in hair. Out in VA we never had to worry about this, but here in OR the trees leak and drip sap daily. There's no way to avoid it, so I need to find a more humane way to clean it out, preferably chemical-free. Please help if you can! Thanks in advance. Nara, Paw Paw and Beowulf will love you if you can help! Haha.