Oiled Sea Otter Rehabilitation Course

Cleaning and Restoring Oiled Pup Fur

Small amounts of crude oil should be removed with a cloth moistened with DawnTM detergent and water in a 1:16 dilution. When possible, residual detergent should be removed with a moist towel. Heavily oiled pups should be cleaned with water at 38°C (100°F) and dilute DawnTM detergent and then thoroughly rinsed.

After cleaning, the fur should be blown dry at room temperature and combed to prevent matting (see Husbandry section below). Rectal temperature should be monitored frequently during the cleaning procedure.