FDA Issues Warning Against Using Sanitizers On Our Dogs’ Paws

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the house has become a new type of ordeal; masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes are essentials to have when stepping out the door.

As proud dog parents, we extend our arm of precaution to our pups; however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against using sanitizers on our dogs’ paws.

Sanitizer, being our keeper during this time, is an enemy to our dogs and can cause poisoning if it is absorbed through their skin or sickness if ingested. Veterinarians explain that sanitizer increases the likelihood of cracking in the footpad, which makes it vulnerable to hazardous materials such as tar. Once the debris is trapped in the footpad, diseases like leptospirosis develop and become transmissible. Should there be a case that your dog has ingested too much hand sanitizer, contact your vet and be vigilant of these signs:

  • Drowsiness,
  • Involuntary urination or defecation,
  • Depression
  • Slow reflexes.

It is normal to want to guard our dogs; especially during this time. So, veterinarians suggest using a sink spray with dog shampoo or even a mild hand or dish soap should do the trick. In the wintertime, it’s best to invest in dog booties, but away from your thoughts should be the need to use hand sanitizer.

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