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Re: can an animal get poison ivy or sumac?

Subject: Re: can an animal get poison ivy or sumac?
Author: Betsy D.
Date: 9/11/2003 10:27 pm
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Hi Lori -

Most texts will tell you that only humans are affected by urushiol oil. It has to do with a more highly developed immune system. I did find a recent reference to the possibility that other animals may be susceptible but there was no substantiating evidence. Many animals actually love poison ivy plants for the fruit, leaves, stems, etc. The thing to remember about this rash though is that it is an immune system response - an allergic reaction. Could it be that your dog is allergic to something else? Here's an article on atopic dermatitis that might help you: http://www.priory.com/vet/vetatop1.htm.

can an animal get poison ivy o (Approved)lori9/1/2003 8:20 am
  Re: can an animal get poison iBetsy D.9/11/2003 10:27 pm