My Dog Drank Oil What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 12/19/21 •  3 min read
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You just have to love dogs! They’re playful, friendly, cute, and snuggly. However, when they do something they shouldn’t, you get worried about them fast! Dogs are known to eat just about anything and everything. They are not discerning eaters. However, what happens if a dog drinks oil?

Has your dog drunk oil? Are you worried the oil 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.

We’ve put together some information about oil and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Oil?

Oil comes in many types and can be made from many substances. For instance, petroleum oil is made from crude oil found in the earth. These products may be used for vehicles, manufacturing, and more.

Then there are oils made from plants and animals used for cooking and more. These oils are natural and usually not considered toxic. They can be used in cooking, for making a dressing, and more

These products are all-natural; however, can some types of oil make a dog sick? The answer is yes.

However, it depends on the type of oil the dog has drunk and how much he’s had.

Oil & Dogs

Petroleum oil (made from crude oil) can cause serious health issues in dogs. This type of oil contains hydrocarbons, which are chemicals made from carbon and hydrogen. These oils are highly toxic to dogs.

On the other hand, oils made from plants and animals can also make a dog sick. Too much oil of this type can be too fatty for the dog, causing pancreatitis.

What to Do If Your Dog Drinks Oil

If your dog drinks petroleum oil products, then call the vet immediately. The chemicals are highly toxic to dogs and can lead to death.

Oils used for food can also cause problems for dogs. If your dog drinks only a lick of oil, then he should be OK. However, if your dog drinks a lot of oil, call the vet. The danger is that the oil will lead to pancreatitis, a condition that can make a dog very sick or lead to death.

There are too many symptoms to list here. However, if your dog has drunk oil, it’s best to call the vet right away. Let the vet know what’s happened, the type of oil consumed, the product name, and approximately when your dog ingested the product. All of this information will help the vet. With this information, the vet can determine the proper treatment for your dog.

The key here is to call your vet before your dog begins to show symptoms. Don’t wait to see how bad the symptoms become. And don’t wait to see if the dog’s symptoms improve. Instead, call the vet and follow their directions immediately! Your dog’s life may depend on it!


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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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