Many people use deodorant each day to avoid sweating and developing an odor from the sweat. Because deodorant is such a common product, it means dogs have a higher chance of getting into trouble with these products.
Has your dog eaten deodorant? Are you worried that the deodorant will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know it’s scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at deodorant and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Deodorant?
Deodorant is an antiperspirant that keeps you from sweating. The ingredients in the deodorant work to plug sweat glands, which inhibits the formation of bacteria that love to eat sweat and cause odor.
Some deodorants contain aluminum, while others may also contain zinc.
While humans can safely use deodorants, can they make dogs sick?
Deodorant & Dogs
Zinc can be a toxin for people and dogs when ingested at levels that are too high. When it comes to deodorants, a dog would have to eat a large amount of the product in order to become poisoned. However, it is possible that a dog could eat deodorant over time and become poisoned by the zinc. So, whether a dog becomes poisoned by the zinc depends on his size and weight, as well as the amount of zinc he’s ingested.
What’s more, aluminum can cause kidney and other digestive tract issues in dogs if ingested.
Symptoms of Deodorant Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten deodorant:
- Jaundiced gums (will appear yellow)
- Yellowing of the skin/eyes
- Orange-tinted feces & urine
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This could be an emergency.
However, if your dog has only eaten a very small piece of deodorant, chances are he will be OK. Even so, it’s still a good idea to call the vet and let them know what’s happened.
Note: Do not induce vomiting unless your vet instructs you to do so.
The vet may choose to induce vomiting to help your dog get rid of the zinc. They will also run lab work to determine if your dog’s organs are working correctly or not. In addition, your canine companion may require an IV for fluids and to administer medications.
In cases of severe anemia, the vet may need to give your dog blood transfusions. The vet may also give your dog medications that stop vomiting and diarrhea.
The good news is that if your dog receives prompt medical treatment for zinc poisoning, he stands a very good chance of making a complete recovery!