Did you know your pet can pick up the rash causing oil from
poison ivy, oak and sumac plants and transfer it to you? This short
video shows how to remove urushiol, the rash causing oil, from your
Poison ivy, oak and sumac plants produce resinous oil called
urushiol (pronounced oo-roo-she-all). It is your body's allergic
reaction to the plant's oil that causes poison ivy, oak and sumac
rash. The oil can be transferred to your skin directly from the
plant or indirectly from other sources that have come in contact
with the oil, such as your dog or cat.
Most pets have thick fur that keeps the urushiol from coming on
contact with their skin so they will not react with a rash.
However, that oil can sit on their fur for a long period of time
until you wash it off with a strong detergent. Many pet owners
develop a poison ivy, oak or sumac rash because of unknowingly
transferring urushiol from their pet's fur to their skin.
The video above shows how to use Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser to remove
poison ivy, oak and sumac oil from your pet so that you will not
get a rash by secondary contamination. Be sure to follow up by
washing your animal with a pet shampoo to remove all of the Tecnu
Original from their fur.