Poison ivy doesn’t affect dogs as often as humans. They have their fur that reduces the chance of their skin to be exposed. But do not feel so relaxed because there is still a chance that your dog will get that red, itchy rash called papules. These papules can be found mostly on their tummy or inside the area of their back legs due to the exposure of their skin. As you have observed, these signs develop to areas that are less protected by the hair and therefore have more skin exposure to the oil resin. Unlike cats, they aren’t bothered by these plants because their coats cover them completely.
Signs that your dog has been exposed to poison ivy
Knowing the symptoms of poison ivy on your dogs may help you get rid of being poisoned by your pet. They can be a carrier too so, here are some signs that you should know:
- Red skin
- Itching and inflammation
- Raised bumps
- Blisters or scabs that ooze fluid
- Scratching, licking, or chewing the skin
If you suspect that your dog was poisoned by these plants, the reaction can be mild to severe. Take some extra care and advised your family members not to come contact with it. Minimize the effects of toxins on your pet by washing them immediately with an oatmeal based shampoo and warm water. It usually takes at least two washings but I do 3 washing for best result, to get all of the urushiols washed off.
In addition, the best way to reduced risk of having a reaction to poison ivy is to limit your dogs’ exposure. Wear them a t-shirt or any fabric that will cover the exposed area of their skin especially on their abdomens and groin part. Using an antihistamine like Benadryl or Claritin may help to prevent an allergic reaction. A prompt visit to the veterinarian is highly recommended. It may need prescription medication to reduce inflammation and itching.
Before doing some precautions above, be sure to protect yourself too from getting poisoned. Use gloves, long sleeve shirt and pants to prevent direct skin contact. It is also advised to immediately disinfect all the things that were used in drying your dog.