I feel when this whole pandemic started I was so worried about the dogs bringing the virus in our house with their paws and I probably thought to myself, "What if I spray them with Lysol." (I did not spray Lysol on my dogs)

Sue Moll, Townsquare Media

I never thought to use hand sanitizer, guess it's good I only used our bar soap to wash their paws and pet wipes. It's incredibly scary thinking when we're getting fresh air walking our dogs and they might bring something in the house with them. In a recent article from nbcnews.com, the FDA is saying owners of dogs are putting hand sanitizer on their dogs paws. The FDA says, "Attention Pet Owners: Do not use hand sanitizer to clean your pet’s paws. It can cause poisoning if absorbed through the skin. Hand sanitizer products can make your dog sick if eaten."

A Veterinarian on nbcnews.com  and other experts — including those at the FDA — agree hand sanitizer is potentially harmful as a cleaning agent on paws is because of its drying effects. As an alcohol-based product containing up to 95% alcohol, applying a hand sanitizer can actually be “strong enough to slough their foot pads,” It could crack their little pads. A dog’s paw is as sensitive as a human hand, and drying out the foot pad can cause painful cracks similar to a cracked, dry heel.

The other concern is that ingesting hand sanitizer can be especially harmful for pets.  Ingesting a small amount can cause digestive issues including vomiting and diarrhea, the Veterinarian says in this article. Click here to read more.

Amazon.com put out a list of their "best" for pet wipes. PLEASE ask your vet first before putting anything on your dog or cat.

Ideas for Pet Cleaning Wipes, Please Ask Your Vet First Before Wiping On Your Pet

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