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Do dogs get poison ivy?

Asked by elbanditoroso (26289points) May 25th, 2014

I’m dogsitting this weekend. The mutt likes to go way in the back yard where there’s a lot of brush. I’ve gotten poison ivy when I’ve gone back there, so I imagine the dog is walking through it as well.

When he comes back in, he tends to want to rub his belly and abdomen on the rug, to scratch it.

Are dogs susceptible to poison ivy?

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syz's avatar

No, they are not susceptible. They do, however, transmit the oils to unfortunate humans who pet them and get a secondary contact from their coat.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Yep, oh, the years of poison Oak misery I had when I lived on properties with dogs and cats that ran through the woods. lol

Dan_Lyons's avatar

They get it on their skin (f they are allergic to the stuff, just like humans).

Also, be careful petting them after their run through the ivy
as the ivy’s oil can remain on their fur.

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