My Dog Licked Dawn Dish Soap What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 09/07/21 •  3 min read
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Dawn dish soap has long been a staple in many homes! It’s great at getting rid of grease and more! But what happens if your dog licks Dawn dish soap?

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Has your dog licked Dawn dish soap? Are you worried the Dawn dish soap will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog does something like this.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Dawn dish soap and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Dawn Dish Soap?

Dawn is a brand of dishwashing liquid that’s put out by the Procter & Gamble company. It was first introduced back in 1973; from that time, it has become the best-selling dish soap in the US.

The soap is known for its degreasing properties. In fact, Dawn is used to oil from animals who have suffered from oil spills. You may have even seen the TV ads showing ducks and other critters covered in oil, which is removed with Dawn! You’ll be happy to know that Dawn is really used in this manner to help wildlife.

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Dawn dish soap contains the following ingredients:

While Dawn can safely be used to wash dishes and even remove oil from wildlife, can it make dogs sick?

Dawn Dish Soap & Dogs

The good news is that Dawn is not considered toxic; however, it can make a dog sick if he licks up too much of the liquid. It is very concentrated and can lead some dogs to get sick.

Your dog’s symptoms will probably include gastrointestinal issues and a stomach ache. These can develop even from licking the soap. However, in most cases, if your dog only licks a little bit of the dishwashing soap, he should be OK.

What to Do if Your Dog Licks Dawn Dishwashing Soap

If your dog does happen to lick a small amount of Dawn, then be sure to monitor him for any symptoms. These may include vomiting and diarrhea. If these symptoms last longer than 24 hours or are accompanied by other concerning symptoms, then it’s best to call the vet.

The vet will have medications that can stop diarrhea and vomiting, as well as treat your dog for possible dehydration.

So, in most cases, your dog will be OK. But we do recommend monitoring your dog for any symptoms that last longer than 24 hours or are worrisome. Your vet will be the best source of advice on how to help your dog feel better.

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Julie

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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