Many of us use astringents on a regular basis. These liquids are useful in many ways, including cleaning makeup off the face, as an antiseptic for sores, and more. But what happens if your dog grabs a bottle of astringent and eats the astringent?
Has your dog eaten astringent? Are you worried that the astringent 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 astringent and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Astringent?
Astringent is usually a liquid that’s used to shrink tissues. It usually dries the skin to some extent and can make your skin feel tighter (temporarily). Astringent can also remove excess oil and reduce the appearance of pores.
Astringents are usually high in tannins. Tannins are a type of antioxidant. Here’s a list of the most common astringents:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Witch hazel
While astringents are safe for humans, what about dogs? What happens if a dog eats astringent?
Astringent & Dogs
The answer depends on what astringent the dog has eaten. For instance, witch hazel is not toxic to dogs. However, it can cause GI upset. These symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting, usually last between 12 to 24 hours. If they last longer, it’s best to call the vet.
On the other hand, isopropyl alcohol is toxic to dogs and can cause serious health issues in your fur baby.
Symptoms of Astringent Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten isopropyl alcohol astringent:
- Loss of body control
- Excessive drooling
- Excitement, which turns into lethargy and depression
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Seizures & heart problems
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Astringent Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis. For instance, if your dog has eaten witch hazel and has GI upset, the vet may give your fur baby medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting. They will also check to see if your dog has become dehydrated. If so, they will give your fur baby an IV with fluids to rehydrate him.
On the other hand, if your dog has eaten isopropyl alcohol, the vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the alcohol from your dog’s system. They will also work to keep your canine companion’s body temperature from falling too low and treat any breathing problems your dog may have.
The vet will also treat other symptoms as they arise. The goal is to get your canine companion’s system stabilized again. Toward that end, the vet may need to keep your dog hospitalized until he’s in stable condition.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating astringent. In the future, it’s best to keep all astringents out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!