Dogs are notorious for eating all kinds of things! Sometimes they’re just curious about something, and other times, they may want a snack. It’s during these times that a dog can eat almost anything, including ink! But can ink make a dog sick?
Has your dog drunk ink? Are you worried the ink will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this.
In this article, we’ve put together information about ink and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Ink?
Ink is a liquid, gel, or another solution that contains dye or pigment, which is used to produce writing, designs (drawings, sketches), and more. An instrument must be used with ink, such as a brush, pen, quill, or even a reed. The solution is made with a combination of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, and more.
Ink has been used for thousands of years! It’s believed that a Chinese inventor, called Tien-Lcheu, first developed ink back in 1200 BC. He used tree soot and lamp oil to create the first ink and later added gelatin to the mixture to create black ink.
Ancient Egyptians also developed a form of ink back in 2500 BC. They used a combination of carbon and gum to formulate their ink.
These days, inks are made with a broad range of ingredients, some of which can be toxic. These include heavy metals, non-renewable oils, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They may also have ethanol.
When used correctly, ink is completely safe. But can ink make a dog sick?
Ink & Dogs
Ink can make a dog sick, especially if the ink contains ethanol or other harmful substances.
Symptoms of Ink Toxicity in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has drunk ink:
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting (may be repeated)
- Non-responsive behavior
- Diarrhea (may be dark or red due to blood)
- Painful abdomen
- Mouth irritation
- Loss of consciousness
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog or suspect he’s drunk some ink, then call the vet right away. This is an emergency.
It’s always best to keep ink and pens where your dog can’t reach them. Remember, your dog is a curious critter and may want to try eating or drinking something he shouldn’t!