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Old May 3rd, 2010, 12:01 PM
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poison ivy

i have poison ivy and i was not paying attention and my dog licked the fluid coming from it i know gross right... but i am worried that he may develop poison ivy in his throat or internally. can this hurt him, should i be worried? please help..
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 01:39 PM
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I would be worried as well that he may have an allergic reaction. Please contact your vet right away and ask for advice.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 01:42 PM
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Hi, wb1. Dogs can and sometimes do react to poison ivy. Our vets see it most often in areas of the body with little hair--the lips, around the mouth, sometimes around the eyes. So yes, his skin could react to it.

If the oil is ingested, it can cause sudden nausea and vomiting. If you see any signs of itches, rash, or vomiting, contact your vet immediately. If your dog is very sensitive to the oil of the plant, the allergic reaction could progress to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.

If you call your vet, they may be able to tell you more details about what to watch for and what, if anything, to do before you bring him in if he reacts. I'm thinking that Benadryl might help if you have it, just so you can get him to the vet safely, but the vet will have to recommend a dosage for you and will have advice as to whether that will work or not.

With any luck, your dog won't react at all Please let us know how it turns out!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:30 PM
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hello my animal loving friends.
my dog is doing great i woke up this morning to find him happy and ready to go out and play. he has no diarrhea or vomiting. hopefully tomorrow brings the same as today. your advice put me at ease. thank you so much.
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