My Dog Ate Burt’s Bees Chapstick What Should I Do? (Reviewed by Vet)

Reviewed By Evie Moloney, RCVS •  Updated: 02/06/23 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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Burt’s Bees is a popular brand that makes chapstick and other products. You may love this chapstick so much that your dog notices. He may believe you’re eating this product and want to try some for himself! Dogs are also curious about everything in their environment.

If your dog comes upon the chapstick sitting on a table, in a purse, or backpack, he may just want to see what it is. Your fur baby may even try to eat it! But what happens if a dog eats Burt’s Bees chapstick?

Has your dog eaten Burt’s Bees chapstick? Are you worried the chapstick 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.

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

We’ve put together some information about Burt’s Bees chapstick and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Burt’s Bees Chapstick?

Burt’s Bees chapstick is a human lip balm that works to hydrate and nourish lips to keep them from becoming chapped. The product contains beeswax, which has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Burt’s Bees chapstick contains the following ingredients:

The chapstick is placed in a plastic tube, which is commonly used by other types of lip balms.

While Burt’s Bees chapstick is safe for humans, what about dogs? Can Burt’s Bees chapstick make a dog sick?

Burt’s Bees Chapstick & Dogs

The good news is that Burt’s Bees chapstick is not toxic to dogs. However, there are a couple of concerns to be aware of that we will discuss below.

First, the chapstick itself may make a dog develop digestive problems (upset their tummy). These may include diarrhea and vomiting. That’s because of the oil and beeswax in the product. Diarrhea and vomiting should only last a short time. But if these symptoms last longer than a couple of hours, it’s a good idea to call the vet. They have medications to help ease these symptoms and may recommend an vet examination of your pet and further treatment for them.

Next, the other concern is the container the chapstick’s in. It’s possible that a dog could eat the entire chapstick, including its plastic tube! The tube could become lodged in the dog’s digestive tract and cause an intestinal obstruction.

Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms in your dog if he’s eaten Burt’s Bees chapstick:

If you notice these symptoms, call the vet immediately. Your pet is likely to be recommended an urgent visit to the veterinarian.

Treatment of Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs

The treatment depends on where the plastic tube is located in the dog’s digestive tract. For instance, if the tube is caught in the dog’s stomach, the vet may be able to remove the object with an endoscopic procedure.

However, if the tube is caught further down in the dog’s intestines, the vet may need to perform emergency surgery to safely remove the blockage.

The prognosis is best for dogs that receive prompt medical care. And it’s always best to keep chapstick out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Evie Moloney, RCVS

This article has been reviewed and approved by an independent Veterinarian: Evie is a vet surgeon who graduated from the University College Dublin, which is the only university offering the veterinary medicine degree in Ireland. She really enjoys surgery and has also worked as an emergency and critical care vet. She is passionate about sharing education about preventative health care for pets, especially the importance of regular dog and cat teeth brushing at home. She also enjoys helping owners find practical solutions for keeping pets as comfortable as possible while living with conditions such as arthritis. When not working, she enjoys hiking and swimming.

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