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Do Dogs And Cats Get Poison Ivy?

By October 17, 2011

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Poison Ivy by blmurch on FlickrThankfully, the answer is no, dogs and cats do not appear to be sensitive to the effects of urushiol, the allergenic oil found in these plants. The hair coat provides protection as well.

That's the good news. The bad news is that pets can transmit the urushiol on their hair coats to their human family.

Learn more: about pets and poison ivy; the effects of these plants and how to identify them in nature.

Share your story: My Pet's Encounter With Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac

Plant Photo Galleries from About.com

  • Poison Ivy from David Beaulieu, About.com Guide to Landscaping
  • Poison Oak from Wendy Bumgardner, About.com Guide to Walking
  • Poison Sumac from David Beaulieu, About.com Guide to Landscaping

Poison Ivy by blmurch on Flickr


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