Poison Ivy

Health

poison-ivy-plant

While running about in the woods, my HuMom & I wondered if poison ivy can affect dogs. Poison ivy grows all over North America. You can find it in both fields & forests, by rivers or even on the road side. The leaves contain an oil called urushiol [ooroo-shee-awl, -ol], that is highly allergenic. This oil is absorbed rapidly through the skin, producing  contact dermatitis causing intensely itchy & blistered lesions.

Dogs for the most are immune to urushiol but not all of us are. Our fur protects our skin but we can be affected if any bare patches come into contact with poison ivy. Our belly’s & the inside of our back legs are at risk. The oil can sit on our fur which is a risk for a human should they pat the dog. The oil could also be transferred to furniture.

If you think your good dog has run through a poison ivy patch you need to wash them down more than once. Soap & rinse at least three times. Be sure to wear long sleeves & gloves because if the dog shakes it might send the urushiol spraying all over you.

Poison ivy is beneficial to many species but If you have it in your yard you can get rid of it with this recipe.

Start with a gallon of white vinegar. Pour the vinegar into a pot and heat it over the stove.   Add 1 cup of salt and stir until the salt dissolves.  Let it cool, then add 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.  Set the sprayer to stream (not mist) to for better control.  Once again, be careful where you spray because it will damage any leaf that it hits.

CEO Olivia

 

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