Decontamination of the skin
Some substances (hydrocarbons, acids, alkalis, agrochemicals, etc.) may, as a result
of an accident or a spillage, contaminate the feathers or fur of animals. In general
it is important that in such circumstances the following are undertaken:
Epidermal structures (wings, nails, claws, feathers, fur) should all be cleaned
with the greatest care, paying particular attention to areas such as the ears,
between toes, etc. The cleaning should be undertaken quickly to avoid licking
and ingestion of the poison, and to limit cutaneous absorption.
Use soapy water (preferably a soap with a low pH), rinsing with copious tepid
water; repeat as often as necessary.
Dry carefully and thoroughly (e.g. with a hair dryer).
The following must never be used: organic solvents (alcohol, white spirit, etc.)
or oily substances which may actually increase percutaneous absorption of the
Do not rub the area vigorously; cleaning and drying must be gentle but thorough.
The animal could well be in a state of shock and must be handled accordingl)
Move to a quiet place with additional heating (e.g. a heat pad) if necessary.
(Note: for more detail, see the entry for each particular poison.)