Treatment and prevent of poison Ivy

Dangerous Dogs

Pets don’t usually get a reaction to urushiol because their fur protects the skin from contact. Your dog can transfer the oil onto you, however, so Fido will need a bath if he’s been rummaging around in the poison ivy bush. After you bathe the dog, bathe yourself.

One more thing: you can’t catch a poison ivy reaction. Once the oil is gone, the threat is gone. The reaction is an allergy to the oil. The irritation, itching, and rash are not contagious. Some folks say you have about 30 minutes to wash up after an exposure to avoid the reaction.

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