Do you have problems with mosquitos where you live? They’re a real nuisance, to say nothing of their painful bites! Many people turn to using mosquito coils, which contain a substance that acts as a pesticide to repel these annoying insects.
What happens if your dog eats a Katol mosquito coil?
What is a Katol Mosquito Coil?
Katol mosquito coils are coils that contain a substance that repels mosquitos. The coils are lit and then allowed to smolder. As they burn, insecticide is released, which works to repel the flying bugs. The coils usually burn for about 8 hours. Mosquito coils are used in many parts of the world.
This mosquito coil uses a substance called transfluthrin, which is a pyrethroid insecticide. This is safe to use against mosquitos, moths, cockroaches and flies.
Are mosquito coils with transfluthrin safe to use around dogs?
Pyrethrin or Pyrethroid Poisoning in Dogs
It is possible for dogs to be poisoned by mosquito coils that use pyrethroid insecticides including transfluthrin. However, the amount of the poison in a mosquito coil is generally low. Your dog may exhibit these symptoms if he’s been poisoned by a mosquito coil:
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive drooling
If your dog shows any these symptoms, call the vet right away.
Another Problem with Mosquito Coils—Intestinal Blockage
While a dog could possibly be poisoned by the coils, the main issue is if the dog swallowed the coil itself. The problem here is that the coil could become lodged in the dog’s digestive tract, resulting in an intestinal blockage. This is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Symptoms of an intestinal blockage include:
- Lack of appetite
- Bloating/abdominal pain
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Treatment of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
When you reach the vet’s office, they will perform a physical exam on your dog. The vet may also order some lab work and imaging tests, such as an x-ray. The vet will need the image(s) to determine where the coil is located inside the dog’s digestive tract.
If the coil is still in the dog’s stomach, the vet may be able to remove it through an endoscopic procedure. However, if the coil is farther into the intestines, your dog may require surgery to remove the coil and the blockage.
The prognosis for a full recovery is excellent if your dog receives prompt medical care for the blockage.
To avoid this problem in the future, be sure to keep all mosquito coils where your dog can’t reach them. The best medicine is prevention!