My Dog Ate Artificial Coal What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 06/20/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Along with artificial grass, many pet parents are turning to artificial coal for their gas fireplaces. They can still enjoy beautiful fires that glow and look real! But dogs, as you know, are very curious about everything in their environment. It’s entirely possible that a dog could decide to eat artificial coal. But what happens if a dog eats artificial coal?

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Has your dog eaten artificial coal? Are you worried that the artificial coal 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 artificial coal and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

Dog Ate Artificial Coal

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Artificial Coal?

Artificial coal is used in a gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces don’t use real wood or develop burning embers under the wood. Instead, fake logs and artificial coal are used to create the realistic look of a burning fire. The artificial coal is placed under the fake logs. The fake coals work to disperse gas from the gas jets that provide the fire. As it becomes warm, the artificial coal begins to glow just like real embers. However, it lasts for many months, unlike real charcoal embers.

Artificial coal is made from mineral wool, molten glass, stone, or industrial waste. These materials are spun into a fibrous structure that strongly resembles burning embers when heated. The material glows in many colors and looks very realistic.

While artificial coal is considered safe to use (only as directed), what happens if a dog eats it? Can artificial coal make a dog sick?

Artificial Coal & Dogs

Unfortunately, artificial coal can make a dog sick. The main issue is that this material can cause an intestinal blockage, which can be lethal if not treated.

Symptoms of Artificial Coal Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten artificial coal:

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Note: Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by the vet. This material can be sharp and cause more damage if a dog brings it back up.

Treatment of Artificial Coal Ingestion in Dogs

The vet will take x-rays of your dog’s digestive system. If they find the artificial coal is in your dog’s stomach, the vet may perform an endoscopic procedure to remove the blockage. If the blockage is in your fur baby’s intestines, the vet may need to perform surgery. The surgery is done to remove the blockage safely and repair any damage it may have caused.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating artificial coal. In the future, it’s best to keep artificial coal out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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