My Dog Licked Dried Bug Spray What Should I Do?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 09/04/21 •  3 min read
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Bug spray is a common household chemical; in fact, you probably have some in your home! Most pet parents know that dogs (and other pets) should be kept away from the spray when it’s wet. But what would happen if a dog decided to lick dried bug spray? Could the dried bug spray make a dog sick?

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Has your dog licked dried bug spray? Are you worried the dried bug spray could 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 dried bug spray and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Dried Bug Spray?

Bug sprays come in various types. In this article, we’ll take a look at bug spray insecticides. These products are made to keep bugs out of your house and/or kill them. Bug sprays that contain insecticides may be used to get rid of all types of insects and bugs, including ants, spiders, flies, and more.

Pyrethroids are a “family” of insecticides, which include permethrin, prallenthrin, and cypermethrin. If you’re uncertain which chemical is used in your bug spray, just check the label. The active ingredient will be found on the product label.

Insecticide bug sprays, which are available over the counter, usually contain a type of chemical called a pyrethroid. These are synthetic chemicals that work on an insect’s central and peripheral nervous systems. The insecticide can cause tumors, paralysis, and quick death. Pyrethroids are very effective against a wide range of insects.

These sprays go on wet and then dry over time. They can still kill insects even when the insecticide has dried. But what happens if a dog licks dried bug spray?

Dried Bug Spray & Dogs

The good news is that most over-the-counter bug sprays (that contain an insecticide) contain a pyrethroid insecticide. The concentration of insecticide in these products is very low. And when dried, the insecticide will not make a dog sick! That’s great news!

However, if your dog has licked dried bug spray, it’s still important to watch him for any symptoms that may develop. These include excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your dog develops these symptoms, then do call the vet right away.

Otherwise, your fur baby should be just fine! Just watch him for any symptoms that may arise.

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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