My Dog Ate Used Canola Oil Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 07/10/21 •  3 min read
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Has your dog eaten used canola oil? Are you worried the used canola oil will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at used canola oil and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Used Canola Oil?

First, we’ll take a look at what canola oil is. Canola oil is made from a crop called canola (Brassica napus L.). This is a crop that is used to create oil; the plants are crossbred to produce seeds that are used to make canola oil.

Not only is canola oil used as human food, but it’s also used as an alternative fuel to diesel. Components of the oil can even be used to create plasticizers, including tires.

Used Canola Oil & Dogs

At home, used canola oil is oil that has been used for cooking. The oil may contain some flavor, smells, and even parts of the food that was cooked in it. This is what may draw a dog to eat used canola oil.

If your dog has eaten a small bit of used canola oil, chances are he will be OK. In dogs with sensitive stomachs, it’s possible they may develop some limited digestive tract issues. These may include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. These should not last very long. If they last longer than 24 hours or worsen, then it’s time to call the vet.

However, if your dog has eaten a large amount of used canola oil, then it’s possible his digestive tract issues will be worse. He could also develop a condition called pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed. When this happens, the enzymes released by the pancreas can damage the pancreas and other organs in the area. This is a painful and possibly life-threatening condition in dogs.

Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog develops pancreatitis:

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.

Treatment for pancreatitis usually includes IV fluids, continuous monitoring of the dog’s condition, medication for vomiting, withholding food for at least 24 hours, which allows the pancreas to rest, and more.

It’s possible that some dogs will develop chronic pancreatitis. In that case, the dog needs a special diet that’s low-fat. The dog will also need to visit the vet for regular checkups.

So, if your dog develops signs of pancreatitis, then be sure to call the vet immediately. If your dog receives prompt medical treatment, chances are he will make a full recovery.

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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.

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