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Antibacterial gel on dogs paws??

How do you guys clean your dog's paws after each walk? I usually just wipe his paws with a wet towel to get the mud and dirt off. I didn't really think about the germs at all. But with the current situation, I am thinking if I need to wash his four paws with soap and water for 20 seconds after each walk as well? Alternatively, I could continue to wipe it with wet cloth, dry it, and then apply antibacterial gel after? I certainly don't want to poison my dog. But, I am definitely more mindful about germs nowadays. Love to hear your suggestions.
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I don't do anything when they come in unless they are muddy, and then they get a foot (and often belly!) bath with their normal shampoo and water. Please don't put hand sanitizer on your dog. alcohol is EXTREMELY toxic to dogs!!!

I don't know where you are walking your dog. Where we walk there is very little human contact, and lots of fresh air and sunshine. But just as with people, soap and water is all that is necessary to kill Covid virus. Believe me, by the time you have washed all 4 feet, they all (and YOU!!!) will have been in contact with soapy water for at least 20 seconds! No need to count!
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How do you guys clean your dog's paws after each walk? I usually just wipe his paws with a wet towel to get the mud and dirt off. I didn't really think about the germs at all. But with the current situation, I am thinking if I need to wash his four paws with soap and water for 20 seconds after each walk as well? Alternatively, I could continue to wipe it with wet cloth, dry it, and then apply antibacterial gel after? I certainly don't want to poison my dog. But, I am definitely more mindful about germs nowadays. Love to hear your suggestions.
I would be scared to use anything that is not specifically made for dogs. Hand sanitizers have alcohol and other ingredients that could be dangerous to ingest and will dry out the paws. I am a big believer in plain old soap and water and think hand sanitizers are only for situations where soap and water is not available. I keep the following product on hand for flushing any possible wounds but suppose it could be used to spritz dog paws to kill germs.

https://www.nixall.com/products/vetr...-skin-solution

Nixall also carries a product for flushing out the dog eyes should that ever be needed. I have that on hand too. For example, my neighbor’s dog got skunked and you have to get that stuff out of the eyes.

Do your own research but I think these products are safe.
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How do you guys clean your dog's paws after each walk? I usually just wipe his paws with a wet towel to get the mud and dirt off. I didn't really think about the germs at all. But with the current situation, I am thinking if I need to wash his four paws with soap and water for 20 seconds after each walk as well? Alternatively, I could continue to wipe it with wet cloth, dry it, and then apply antibacterial gel after? I certainly don't want to poison my dog. But, I am definitely more mindful about germs nowadays. Love to hear your suggestions.
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I don't do anything when they come in unless they are muddy, and then they get a foot (and often belly!) bath with their normal shampoo and water. Please don't put hand sanitizer on your dog. alcohol is EXTREMELY toxic to dogs!!!
We do the same as @krandall . It is rare that Ricky will need a thorough foot bath but when he does, we put him in the utility tub in the laundry room and use the spray attachment to wash off his feet. Sometimes, if really dirty (rare), we will use a mild shampoo (nothing special) rinse thoroughly, and then towel dry. Same with the very rare butt bath.

We do not use anything special on his feet. Occasionally he will lick his feet and I wouldn't want any unknown chemicals to get in his mouth. For that reason, we keep him off of any newly fertilized or pest treated lawns for at least a week

I would not be concerned about a dog tracking C-19 virus into the house. I suppose under the right conditions it might be possible but very unlikely. I can't be so obsessed that I try to eliminate every possible eventuality of contact from my life. There are others opportunities for casual contact transmission that are much more worrisome to me...............such as handling paper money and coins. Laugh at me if you like, but I put a clean poop bag over my hand when handling physical money.

In my city of 40K we have 5 confirmed cases of C-19 and one death. Practice social distancing and stay at home.

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I would be scared to use anything that is not specifically made for dogs. Hand sanitizers have alcohol and other ingredients that could be dangerous to ingest and will dry out the paws. I am a big believer in plain old soap and water and think hand sanitizers are only for situations where soap and water is not available. I keep the following product on hand for flushing any possible wounds but suppose it could be used to spritz dog paws to kill germs.

https://www.nixall.com/products/vetr...-skin-solution

Nixall also carries a product for flushing out the dog eyes should that ever be needed. I have that on hand too. For example, my neighbor’s dog got skunked and you have to get that stuff out of the eyes.

Do your own research but I think these products are safe.
Just wanted to add I do not do anything typically when they come in from a walk. We use no chemicals or fertilizers on our yard. However, if necessary I do foot baths also sometimes just with plain old water. The products above I mentioned are for emergencies only. I like to have some first aid on hand for both humans and dogs. We are building a house in the boonies so I cannot depend on a vet right down the road.
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I don’t want to give bad advice, but with most experts saying not to fear dogs spreading the disease to humans, even on their fur, I don’t think I would wrestle with washing feet after every wash unless I needed to for another reason. However, there are many brands that make packages of foot wipes for dogs. It would be pretty hard to rub for 20 seconds, though.
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Laugh at me if you like, but I put a clean poop bag over my hand when handling physical money.
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[QUOTE=Ricky Ricardo;1445458 There are others opportunities for casual contact transmission that are much more worrisome to me...............such as handling paper money and coins. Laugh at me if you like, but I put a clean poop bag over my hand when handling physical money.

Popi, I love reading your posts! 🤣 I just read this one to DH and I find out he also uses poop bags when exchanging money. According to him the bags are easier to put on. 😂 A few nights ago on the news it was reported money is the dirtiest item people touch. I'm wearing disposable gloves and cleaning my debit card whenever I use it. Unfortunately today I need to go out into the world. I got an email that my grocery delivery will not be coming due to the unexpected amount of orders.
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We use no chemicals or fertilizers on our yard.
Good for you, I don't either but can you say the same for your neighbors?

I live in an HOA with 1,854 homes. Besides private front yards, we have a tremendous amount of common area with lawn and turf. We have an estimated 1000+ dogs living in our HOA. I am the founder and captain of the dog owners group in our HOA with several hundred members. We have some serious political clout in our HOA and influence on who is elected to the board. Through lobbying the HOA board of directors, the dog owners group convinced the board to post any lawn/turf area when they have been sprayed with fertilizer and/or pesticides. The sign also indicates the date of application. Some dog owners choose to ignore the warning, which is up to them, but a great number, like me, will not let their dog walk on those areas for about a week, depending on rain and irrigation schedule, to soak the chemicals into the ground and wash off the top surface.

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I just read this one to DH and I find out he also uses poop bags when exchanging money. According to him the bags are easier to put on. ��
Yes, he is right! Great minds think alike. Easy-peasy! I also found a way to sterilize the dishes, better than a dish washer! I just use my power orbital sander on the dishes. It takes off all the food particles and destroys the C-19 virus. Plus as an added bonus, it grinds off all those silly little flower patterns on them. It's a win/win for everyone! (it's a guy thing )

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