Can I get poison ivy from my dog?

asked 2017-04-23 18:25:57 -0600

My dog has a poison ivy rash and I'm concerned that I will get it get it from him. Is it common for dogs to get poison ivy and spread it to humans? What can I do to prevent this?

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answered 2017-05-19 16:28:51 -0600

Hi there! I used to work at a veterinary clinic and fielded poison ivy/poison oak questions often. While it's not impossible, it is rare for dogs to break out in a rash from these poison plants. However, it is indeed likely for them to pass it to you if the plant oil is in their fur. Bathing your dog with pet shampoo as well as washing your dog's collar and leash (all while wearing gloves) will help prevent the spread of this oil to you and others. If you haven't already, I would also recommend contacting your veterinarian to get a firm diagnosis on the rash, as there are many possible causes for your dog to develop a skin rash.

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answered 2017-05-18 20:48:03 -0600

Poison Ivy is transmitted through contact and is actually an oil. Yes, you can get it from anything that has the poison ivy oil on it.

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