Protecting Your Pets From Poison Ivy

Posted on March 5, 2024 at 12:38 PM by Tom Swegle

A large dog sitting next to a dark blue backpack at a campground.

As the weather warms up and more of us are spending time outside, so are our furry friends. You may be concerned about the possibility of your pet coming into contact with poison ivy. In this blog, we’ll discuss what to do if you suspect your dog or cat has gotten into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.

Can Pets Get Poison Ivy?

Pets are far less likely to contract poison ivy because of their fur. This prevents urushiol, the compound that causes itching, from reaching the skin. However, pets can transfer urushiol from their fur to your skin and to other objects they come in contact with.

How to Prevent Poison Ivy in Pets

Keep pets away from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. If you’re taking your pet into the woods, or other places where these plants are common, keep them on a leash.

If your pet comes into contact with poison ivy or any of its relatives, the first thing to do is wash them thoroughly. Use a pet-safe soap or shampoo to remove the urushiol. Wear gloves while you are washing your pet, and make sure you wash their leash, harness, or anything else they may have come in contact with. Then wash your clothes, and shower or bathe as well.

Protecting Yourself From Poison Ivy

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