My Dog Licked Deodorant What Should I Do?

By Kim •  Updated: 09/08/21 •  3 min read
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Are dogs attracted to deodorant? They can be funny enough! It could be the deodorant smells like candy or food to the dog. So, of course, a curious dog might be tempted to try the deodorant. But can deodorant make a dog sick?

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Has your dog liked some deodorant? Are you worried the deodorant 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 deodorant and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Deodorant?

Deodorant is a product that’s applied to different parts of the body, such as the underarms, to keep these areas from smelling bad. Some deodorants work by masking the body’s natural odors, while others work to prevent sweating and odor.

In the US, the FDA has classified deodorants as cosmetics; however, antiperspirants are classified as OTC drugs. Most deodorants are alcohol-based, as this substance can work to kill bacteria. Deodorants also contain other active ingredients, which include:

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Other ingredients can include triclosan (an antibacterial ingredient), perfumes, essential oils, zinc, ammonium chloride, and more.

Even so, deodorants are considered non-toxic. But can deodorant make a dog sick?

Deodorants & Dogs

You’ll be relieved to know that deodorants are generally considered non-toxic for dogs. Having said that, it’s also important to understand that even though these products may be non-toxic, they can make a dog sick.

Deodorants are not intended to be ingested or licked. If a dog happens to lick some deodorant, it is possible that he could develop some gastrointestinal issues. These could include diarrhea and vomiting, as well as gassiness.

Chances are that if your dog has had one small lick of deodorant, he will be OK. However, it’s still best to monitor him for any symptoms that may develop.

If your dog has diarrhea and vomiting that last longer than 12-24 hours, then it’s time to call the vet. One of the concerns is that your dog could become dehydrated from repeated bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.

The vet may treat your dog with IV fluids to rehydrate him and then use other medications to stop the vomiting and diarrhea.

The good news is that most dogs will be just fine after a lick of deodorant! And if a dog does become sick, he should make a full recovery! Even so, it’s best to keep deodorants and other personal care products out of your dog’s reach!

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Kim

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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