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Can dogs get stung by stinging nettles?

(Q) Can dogs get stung by stinging nettles?

(A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: Dogs do get stung by stinging nettles, but as they have a protective hair coat, they are far less sensitive than we are.

However, short or fine-coated dogs can develop a nettle rash after contact with nettles in the same way as humans.

In the case of severe nettle stings, antihistamine or anti-inflammatory medication may be needed.

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