What if my dog licks deodorant?

Answered by Frank Schwing

If your dog licks deodorant, it can potentially lead to some health issues. Deodorants often contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested, especially in large quantities. The severity of the situation depends on the type of deodorant and the amount ingested.

One of the main concerns with deodorant ingestion is the risk of gastrointestinal blockage. This can occur if the deodorant forms a clump or solid mass in the dog’s digestive system, causing an obstruction. The symptoms of a blockage may include vomiting and diarrhea, among others.

In some cases, the deodorant can also irritate the dog’s stomach and intestines, leading to gastrointestinal upset. This can manifest as vomiting and diarrhea as well. Additionally, if the deodorant contains alcohol, it can potentially cause alcohol poisoning in dogs.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested deodorant, it is important to monitor them closely for any signs of distress. Keep an eye on their behavior, appetite, and bowel movements. If you notice any abnormal symptoms, it is best to consult your veterinarian for further guidance.

When I was faced with a similar situation, my dog managed to get hold of a deodorant stick and chewed on it. I immediately contacted my veterinarian to seek advice. They recommended monitoring my dog closely for any signs of discomfort or distress. Thankfully, my dog did not show any symptoms, and the incident passed without any issues.

It is important to note that prevention is always better than cure. To avoid such situations, it is crucial to keep deodorants and other potentially harmful substances out of your dog’s reach. Store them in secure cabinets or drawers where your dog cannot access them.

If your dog licks deodorant, there is a risk of gastrointestinal blockage or upset. It is essential to monitor your dog for any abnormal symptoms and seek veterinary advice if needed. Prevention is key, so make sure to keep potentially harmful substances out of your dog’s reach.