Pet parents who have dry skin and hair may use various oils, such as argan oil. And some pet parents may also use the oil on their dogs to treat dry skin and other issues. But is argan oil safe for dogs? What happens if a dog eats argan oil?
Has your dog eaten argan oil? Are you worried that argan oil will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about argan oil and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is produced from the fruit of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.). The tree is native to Morocco and parts of Algeria. In Morocco, the oil is used to dip bread in for breakfast and to drizzle on other foods. Argan oil is also used to treat dry skin.
Argan oil contains high amounts of fatty acids, making it beneficial for humans with a wide range of skin conditions, including acne and dry skin. The oil doesn’t clog pores and works to moisturize and reduce inflammation.
While argan oil is safe for humans, what about dogs? Can argan oil make a dog sick?
Argan Oil & Dogs
Fortunately, argan oil is not toxic to dogs, as long as it doesn’t contain other additives. The oil must be all-natural and 100% pure argan oil.
The oil isn’t toxic to dogs, but it can make them sick. For instance, if a dog eats a large amount of argan oil, he could develop GI upset. It’s also possible a dog could develop pancreatitis from eating the oil. And some dogs may be allergic to argan oil, though this is rare.
Symptoms of Argan Oil Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten argan oil:
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Itchy, red, irritated skin
- Swelling (face, lips, ears/earflaps)
- Difficulty breathing
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Argan Oil Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis. For example, if your fur baby has symptoms of GI upset or pancreatitis, the vet may induce vomiting and give your dog activated charcoal. These work to remove the oil from your dog’s system. In addition, the vet may give your dog an IV with fluids and medications to protect the GI system. They also have medicines that can stop vomiting and diarrhea.
On the other hand, if your dog is having an allergic reaction, the vet may give your dog antihistamines that work to stop the reaction. Your fur baby may also need corticosteroids that work to also stop the reaction. They may also need to treat your fur baby with other medications to relieve his allergy symptoms.
The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating argan oil! In the future, it’s a good idea to keep argan oil and other oils out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!