Ugh, has your dog been at the kitty’s litter box again? Has he eaten some Breeze pellets? Then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve put together some information about Breeze pellets and what you need to do if your dog has eaten some of them. Let’s get started!
What are Breeze Pellets?
Breeze pellets are put out by Tidy Cats (by Purina) and are part of a cat litter system that makes it easier to keep odors down and clean the litter box at the same time. The Breeze system includes a litter box, pads for the feet (non-tracking of cat litter), as well as pellets for inside the litter box.
The litter pellets are available in unscented, Fresh Scent, and Active Clean scent. They’re also made to be anti-tracking in order to keep the mess around the litter box to a minimum. The pellets are 99.9% dust-free and only need to be changed out once a month.
The pellets are made of Zeolite, which is a type of microporous, aluminosilicate mineral that’s used as an absorbent or a catalyst. The FDA has said this mineral is 100% safe and non-toxic; however, it should not be ingested. Zeolite pellets are not digestible.
Breeze Pellets & Dogs
If your dog has eaten Breeze pellets, then it’s a good idea to call the vet. The pellets are not digestible. This means they will sit in your dog’s digestive tract, which could cause a major problem such as intestinal obstruction, peritonitis (inflammation of the stomach lining), loss of blood circulation to the stomach or parts of the intestine, and more.
Symptoms of Breeze Pellets in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Breeze pellets:
- Lack of appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Black stools
- Unwilling to lie down
- Abdominal pain/swelling
- Low blood pressure
- Pale gums
- Rapid heart rate
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
Treatment of Ingestion of Breeze Pellets in Dogs
Treatment will depend on the diagnosis. For either peritonitis or an intestinal blockage, the vet may need to perform surgery. The goal of treatment after this will be to stabilize the dog and treat any other symptoms that may arise. This may include IV fluids, electrolytes, and antibiotics. And if your dog has peritonitis, he won’t be able to eat for a few days. Instead, he’ll need to have a feeding tube through his nose for a few days.
Both of these conditions are serious; however, with prompt medical care, most dogs will go on to make a full recovery.