My Dog Licked Enamel Paint What Should I Do?
Enamel paint is another popular type of paint that can be used all around the house. It’s also used by hobbyists for crafts. If you happen to be a pet parent, that means it’s possible your fur baby could accidentally gain access to the paint. But what happens if a dog licks enamel paint?
Has your dog licked some enamel paint? Are you worried the enamel paint 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 enamel paint and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Enamel Paint?
Enamel paint is solvent-based paint that dries to a hard, glass-like finish (like a shell). Solvent-based paints may also be referred to as oil-based paints. This is a popular paint that can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, including door casings, outdoor furniture, kitchen appliances, hobby models, cabinets, and much more.
While enamel paints are generally considered to be safe when used correctly, what happens if a dog licks the paint?
Enamel Paint & Dogs
In most cases, if a dog only licks a small amount of enamel paint, he should be OK. However, it is possible he could develop gastrointestinal symptoms. These could include diarrhea and vomiting.
Another problem is that enamel paints can contain high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs, if inhaled, can cause reactions in people and dogs.
What to Do if Your Dog Licks Enamel Paint
The first thing to do is to check and make sure of the type of paint your dog has licked. Also, check the paint to see if it contains ethylene glycol (also known as antifreeze).
Next, if your dog only licked a small amount of enamel paint, you may want to monitor him for any symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting. These should not last longer than 24 hours. If they do, then call the vet.
Then be sure to call the vet (as noted above) or if your dog develops any other worrisome symptoms. And if you’re at all worried, then it’s a good idea to call the vet. They are the best source of information and advice on what to do if your fur baby has licked enamel paint.
But rest assured that in most cases, a dog that has licked only a small amount of enamel paint should be OK!