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Old 12-31-2012, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I was at a dinner party and one of the guests told me that she rubs anti-bacterial hand gel (for humans) on her puppy's feet every day. Her purse-dog stays mostly indoors, whereas my Basset snoops around dirty city streets.

She all but accused me of being a bad Dad for not doing the same as her, but I question whether it is a good idea to use these gels so much: could it harm the dog's immune system or cause problems if they lick their paws?

Healthy dogs have been around long before the anti-bacterial craze! Thanks for any facts you may be able to provide!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't got any facts but dogs have done without for 'many' years LOL, how about mouth wash ?

Edit to say, I've been brought up to believe a little dirt every day is one of the best things for our immune system!

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Old 12-31-2012, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would be worried about putting something on my dog if it wasn't meant for dogs. They do lick their fur and paws and that could be a problem.

Regular exposure to everyday dirt and germs seems to be good for us, as vectisvagrant has already mentioned.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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isnt that stuff mostly rubbing alcohol?
that sounds pretty dangerous to me
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If your talking about anti bacterial gel. It is alcohol based so I wouldn't of even thought of putting that anywhere near our hound. Sounds really dodgy to use that on a dog!! X


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Old 12-31-2012, 07:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would never do this
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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And neither would I although when my bitches were nursing a litter, I'd give their feet a wipe with a much diluted antiseptic wash to make sure they didn't walk infection into the nest after they returned from going out to empty.

What this person is doing sounds way ott to me!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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the only time I clean my dogs feet (outside of a bath) is when they are tracking something thru the house
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I wipe ours with non fragranced baby wipes, he loves waddling about in the mud outside and we have cream carpets :/ paw prints everywhere lol x


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Maybe suggest to your friend that you hope she isn't doing more harm then good by doing that (could she be a bad mom) the alcohol could dry out the pads which may make them crack open.
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