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What is Bleach Poisoning?

Many products used around the home like bleach and ammonia contain hazardous chemicals. If your dog happens to ingest any of these products, toxicity could result in complications within the digestive and respiratory systems. It is important to keep all household products hidden from your pet to prevent any accidents. If your pet does experience exposure to bleach, you should seek veterinarian assistance right away and not try to induce vomiting on your own. However, remember to remain calm, moving your dog into a safer area, especially if you notice any convulsion or tremor. In any case, call the veterinarian and explain the situation. This allows the veterinarian to prepare for your dog’s arrival.

Bleach poisoning happens when dogs ingest and absorb a considerable amount of bleach that usually results in a high level of toxicity along with other noticeable symptoms.

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Symptoms of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

When your dog ingests bleach, there are several symptoms that occur. The hair around the dog’s paws and mouths might also be bleached and smell of chlorine. If your pet inhaled the fumes, you could notice signs of coughing, pulmonary irritation, and gasping. Other symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Coma
  • Drooling
  • Shock
  • Burn
  • Paw discoloration
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Weakened limbs
  • Tremors
  • Ulcerations on the paws or in the mouth
  • Seizures

Types

There are various kinds of household products that contain bleach, acids, hydrocarbons and alkalis. These include:

  • Paint thinner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Gasoline
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Drain cleaner
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Kerosene
  • Furniture polish
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint remover
  • Floor polish
  • Caustic soda
  • Lye
  • Shoe polish
  • Chlorine
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Causes of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

Your dog is no different from other dogs that love to chew on plastic toys and think that they can put whatever they want in their mouths. Unfortunately, though, this only makes your dog prone to ingesting toxic materials, most of which could result in terrible side effects and sometimes, fatal results, if not immediately treated. 

Poisoning due to inhalation of fumes or ingestion of bleach can cause effects such as aspiration pneumonia, blood serum changes, kidney damage, corrosivity of the gastrointestinal tract, and blood coagulation abnormalities.

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Diagnosis of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

Once you take your dog to the veterinarian, you can expect that the goal is to immediately identify the poison in order to assess the contents. To do this, the veterinarian may induce vomiting and collect a sample of it in a plastic bag. If you administered any medication to your dog, you should take that along with you so the veterinarian can read the labels to see what is contained in it. If your dog has received burns to the mouth, it might take several hours to notice this. The stomach or esophagus may also be burned by the bleach. This may not be visible until an internal examination is done.

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Treatment of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

When you take the dog to the clinic or emergency hospital, your veterinarian may induce vomiting, or the stomach may be pumped using a method known as gastric lavage. 

 Activated charcoal may be administered as a way to bind the toxins.

After this, there are several ways that your veterinarian will introduce treatment. The immediate treatment is to flush the area that is most exposed. Your veterinarian may also administer fluid therapy, ulcer medication for possible stomach burn and of course, supportive care for other symptoms. 

Your veterinarian will use water to wash out the excess bleach from the mouth and fur. Even though this might seem simple, the veterinarian may also administer milk to soothe the stomach and dilute the ingested bleach.

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Recovery of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

After treatment, the dog is monitored for a few hours to a few days before being released. This allows the veterinarian to ensure that the dog does not have any further complications such as skin reactions or more vomiting. After the dog goes home, it is the pet’s owner’s responsibility to continue to monitor the situation, but also to make changes around the home such as crate training or putting the dog in a kennel. The pet owner should also adequately pet proof the home by removing all hazardous substances and storing them in a secure place, away from curious noses and paws.

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Bleach Poisoning Average Cost

From 478 quotes ranging from $500 - $6,000

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Bleach Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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My dog is a mixed breed (I cant remember what his other breed is)My dog drank toilet water that contains bleach due to a bleach tablet. This happened about an hour ago. He threw up a ear color twice, that's it. I gave him milk and water. He's been laying down since then. He seems physically fine, but I'm not sure. He gets up and walks around like normal too. Is there anything else that I can do?

Dec. 29, 2020

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello, So sorry to hear about your dog. If they are vomiting and lethargic, it would be best to see your vet. Bleach can cause lots of issues, especially if your dog drinks a large amount. If he is still vomiting, it would be best for you to feed him a bland diet of chicken and rice for a few days.

Dec. 29, 2020

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Some bleach fell was I was out of the house but my dog was in a cage not able to ingest but her eyes are red. Before I noticed her eyes were red I fed her and gave her her medicine and water. She was sneezing/coughing but that has stopped but her eyes are still red.

Dec. 14, 2020

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Dr. Linda S. MVB MRCVS

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Unless it was a significant amount of bleach and it was in the air and irritating her eyes, the bleach is likely a red getting. However, she could have an infection, environment allergy or something else going on. If concerned, a vet can check her over. You can use cotton wool and warm saline to gently cleanse the eyes.

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Bleach Poisoning Average Cost

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Average Cost

$2,500

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