My Dog Ate Eucalyptus Leaves Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 01/20/21 •  3 min read
The contents of the OurFitPets.com website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on this site (“Content”) are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website!

Do you have eucalyptus leaves in your yard or home? Then you’ll want to read this, as the entire plant or products made from the plant can be dangerous to your dog.

Online Veterinary 24/7
Chat With A Veterinarian Online

Connect with a verified veterinarian in minutes. No waiting for appointments or office hours. No high fees. No need to worry about your furry family member.

Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus plants are very popular to have in the yard or inside as a house plant. The plant originates from Australia and has been used for all types of medicinal products. These products are usually used to soothe a cold, cough, and congestion. The oil from the eucalyptus can also be used as an antiseptic, perfume, in cosmetics and personal care products, as a flavoring, and more.

There are over 400 different species of eucalyptus; however, Eucalyptus glogulus is most often used to create eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptus is used in a wide variety of personal care products, products use to ease cough and congestion (such as Vicks Vaporub), and more.

Eucalyptus & Dogs

Eucalyptus is toxic to dogs. In fact, any part of the plant is toxic, which includes the leaves. And ingestion of the oil is also toxic.

Online Veterinary 24/7
Chat With A Veterinarian Online

Connect with a verified veterinarian in minutes. No waiting for appointments or office hours. No high fees. No need to worry about your furry family member.

Eucalyptus causes problems with the digestive tract but can also cause neurological problems.

Symptoms of Eucalyptus Poisoning in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten any part of the eucalyptus plant, eucalyptus oil, or a product that contains eucalyptus:

If you know for sure or suspect that your dog has eaten any part of the eucalyptus plant or a product containing eucalyptus, then call the vet immediately. This could be a medical emergency.

Treatment of Eucalyptus Toxicity in Dogs

Note: do not induce vomiting unless your vet says you should do this.

When you reach the vet, they will perform a physical exam of your dog. They may also do some lab work. If your dog has oil on his skin, the vet will wash this off to keep your fur baby from developing a skin reaction.

Next, the vet may choose to treat your dog with activated charcoal, which keeps the toxin from being absorbed in your fur baby’s digestive tract. The vet may also use gastric lavage to remove the leaves or products that contain eucalyptus from your dog’s stomach. Your dog may also need a laxative or stimulants to remove the remainder of the eucalyptus from your dog’s system.

Your dog may also need an IV for fluids to treat dehydration and other symptoms if they arise. Other medications your fur baby may need include antihistamines and pain medication.

In most cases, your dog should have a full recovery, especially if he receives prompt medical treatment.

 

(Visited 5,823 times, 1 visits today)

Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

Keep Reading

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]