My Dog Ate a Lipstick Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 10/19/20 •  3 min read
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Lipstick is a very popular product and has been around for centuries! It’s long been used to protect the lips, as well as enhance the color of lips to make them stand out. This product comes in a wide range of colors and brands, too.

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What is in Lipstick?

Did you know that lipstick has been for thousands of years? That may not come as any surprise! The first mention of lipstick in history goes back to about 2500 BC, to Queen Schub-ad or Ur (at the time when Sumerians ruled). She preferred lipstick that has a reddish hue, so her lip color was make from crushed red rocks and white lead. Yes, her lipstick included lead.

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Lipstick can also be traced back to ancient Egypt, where favorite colors for lipstick were red, orange and indigo. Women in ancient Greece were also fond of red lipstick. So, history has a long, long history.

Lipstick really took off in modern times back in the 1900s. Before that, it was seen as unnecessary and as “evil” for women. Only women of a certain type wore lipstick. Thankfully that changed in modern times.

The reason women choose to wear lipstick varies. Some want to draw attention to their lips, while others want to balance out their face shape or coloring by adding a dash of lip color. There are even people who won’t go out of the house unless they’re wearing lipstick!

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The ingredients used in lipsticks have also changed through time. Thankfully today lipsticks do not include lead and are made from non-toxic ingredients! It’s still a very popular way to make your lips look luscious. And because it’s so popular, this means that dogs can easily gain access to this cosmetic.

Is Lipstick Dangerous for Dogs?

In general, lipstick is not toxic to dogs. However, it can cause severe digestive issue. You may notice these symptoms if your fur baby’s eaten lipstick:

These symptoms shouldn’t last too long. If they do, be sure to call the vet right away.

While lipstick isn’t toxic to dogs, the packaging can cause some serious medical problems. One of the major issues is that the lipstick tubing, if eaten, could cause serious tears to stomach and intestinal lining.

Another problem is that the lipstick container could become lodged in your dog’s intestines, where it can create an intestinal blockage. This is a serious medical emergency.

You may notice these symptoms if your dog develops an intestinal blockage:

If you notice these any of these symptoms, please call the vet immediately. This could save your dog’s life.

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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