My Dog Ate Body Cream What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 03/04/22 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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My Dog Ate Body Cream

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What happens when you put on body cream? Does your dog come over and start licking it off? For some reason, dogs can’t seem to help themselves when there’s body cream or lotion on us! No one knows for sure why dogs like the taste of body cream. It could be some of the scents used in the cream, the smell, and more! But what happens when a dog eats body cream?

Has your dog eaten body cream? Are you worried the body cream 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 put together some information about body cream and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

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

What is Body Cream?

Body cream is similar to lotion in that it’s used to treat and prevent dry, irritated, cracked skin. The added moisture also works to keep the skin moisturized, flexible, and pliant. Overly dry skin may crack, allowing bacteria and other nasties to enter, causing an infection and other health issues. Keeping the skin moisturized avoids this problem.

What’s the difference between body cream and body lotion? Body cream is usually thicker and denser than body lotion. What’s more, body cream usually contains more oil than body lotion.

When used correctly, body cream is safe for humans. But what about dogs? Can body cream make a dog sick?

Body Cream & Dogs

Most body creams don’t contain anything that’s toxic to dogs. If your dog takes a couple licks of body cream, chances are he will be OK.

However, dogs that eat a large amount of body cream could become sick. That’s because the body cream contains a large amount of oil. Too much oil can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Plus, the cream may also contain some ingredients (such as humectants and more) that can cause digestive tract upset in dogs.

What’s more, some body creams may contain essential oils or other ingredients that are toxic to dogs.

Symptoms of Body Cream Ingestion in Dogs

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This could be an emergency. In this case, the issue might be irritation of the GI tract; however, these symptoms may also indicate pancreatitis, leading to death if not treated. So, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. We recommend calling the vet right away.

We also recommend breaking your dog’s habit of eating or licking lotion and creams. You can do this through positive reinforcement training, treats, and lots of praise and love! And make sure all lotions, creams, and medications are kept out of your dogs reach. You’ll both be happier for this!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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