How do you decontaminate a pet?
Your pet may need decontamination if it came in contact with the chemical. Remove any chemical from yourself first by following these steps, then you can do the same for your pet.
- Put on a mask and waterproof gloves.
- If you don’t have a mask and gloves, use any available cloth to cover your face and plastic bags to cover your hands.
- Blot, do not rub, your pets face, body, and paws with a moist wipe, wet cloth, or damp paper towel.
- Wash your pet’s head, face, body, legs, and paws, working from head to tail with lukewarm water and mild skin soap, for at least 2-3 minutes. Try not to get the water in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Do Not Scrub.
- Flush your pet’s eyes for 10-15 minutes with lukewarm water if your pet’s eyes are red or your pet is rubbing its eyes.
- Dry your pet. This helps remove any remaining chemical. Put any used things in a plastic bag, close it up, and put it in a second plastic bag.
- You may need to repeat the decontamination steps if you think you were exposed to more chemical while decontaminating your pet.
- If you had to decontaminate your pet, it may need to be checked by a veterinarian once the chemical emergency is over, and it safe to do so.
What do you do with the contaminated clothes and other things you used to decontaminate your pet?
- Wear gloves and put the plastic bags in a closed container where they are unlikely to be opened by accident to prevent others from coming in contact with the chemical.
- If you do not have gloves, use plastic bags to cover your hands. Do Not Put the bags in the Regular Trash!
- Listen to the radio, television, or check your phone or mobile news app for updates from police, fire, or local officials for instructions on what to do with your contaminated things.
Page last reviewed: March 31, 2022
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health