Can My Pet Get a Poison Ivy Rash?

Poison ivy is occasionally a nuisance for humans. But have you ever wondered if your pet can suffer the same itchy red rash? The answer is yes, although it’s not something you’ll have to worry about very often. Learn more here from vets Scottsdale, AZ. 

Symptoms of Poison Ivy

Pets can develop a red, itchy rash if they brush up against poison ivy. Blistering and swelling could occur in some cases. The rash is most likely to appear on areas of the body with thin fur, since your pet’s thick fur tends to block the irritating substance (urushiol) from reaching the skin in most areas. 

Treating Poison Ivy

A pet with a poison ivy rash will need to be bathed with warm water and a medicated shampoo, or perhaps oatmeal shampoo, to reduce the inflammation and redness. Be sure to wear latex gloves while bathing your pet—it’s easy for the irritating substance to get on your own skin while you’re handling Fido or Fluffy. 

Preventing the Issue

While outdoors with your pet, look out for shiny plants with three leaves. Avoid them, and your pet will probably be just fine!

Call your vet clinic Scottsdale, AZ to learn more.

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