Be careful with a hand sanitizer around your pets
Dear HUNTER family,
Our number one priority is the safety and health of our community, including our furry friends. However unpleasant this situation feels now, it's necessary and we all, at HUNTER, hope everything will get better soon and we will come back to our usual routines.
A few helpful information:
1) Can my pet get it?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading that in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus.
2) Hand Sanitizer & Your Dog
Hand sanitizer is most often made with ethanol alcohol. The levels of alcohol in hand sanitizers can reach as high as 95% alcohol in order to kill as many disease carrying germs as possible. These high levels of alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning in your canine. Alcohol is a dangerous substance with serious consequences for your dog’s health and safety and effort should be made to ensure that your pet can not get into any products with ethanol alcohol as a component.
3) Symptoms of Hand Sanitizer (Ethanol) Poisoning in Dogs
The symptoms typically seen with the ingestion of hand sanitizer are the same as the symptoms of any other poisoning of a canine by ethanol alcohol: behavior changes, breathing difficulty, collapse, coma, decreased coordination, dehydration, depression, diarrhea, heart attack, hypothermia, lethargy, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, seizures, smell of alcohol on breath, staggering, sudden death, tremors, urinary incontinence, vomiting or weakness. If your pet does ingest a substance with high alcohol levels or is exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning (see above) a call should be made to the veterinarian right away.
Protect yourself & your furry companions through these challenging times.
Be careful, cuddle with them as much as you can and stay safe!