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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. Bleach poisoning is considered one of the top ways that dogs can be affected by toxicity. It is important, then, 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

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.

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 veterinarian will still check the mouth to see if your pet flinches with touch. The stomach or esophagus may also be burned by the bleach. This may not be visible until an internal examination is done.

Treatment of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

When you take the dog to the clinic or emergency hospital, the stomach will be pumped using a method known as gastric lavage. The veterinarian could also possibly use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in order to get rid of the toxic substance. Activated charcoal may be administered as a way to bind the toxins before inducing vomiting.

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.

Recovery of Bleach Poisoning in Dogs

After treatment, the dog is monitored for a few hours 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.

Bleach Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Zoey
Shepherd
9 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My dogs just drank out of my toddler’s toilet that had a bleach tablet in it. They drank water in their actual bowls right after and seem fine but I’m still worried. How long would it take before I see a reaction if there is one?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the specific type of bleach, the composition and the concentration; but we generally see symptoms immediately including drooling, pawing at the mouth, ulcers in the mouth, vomiting among other symptoms. Without examining Zoey I cannot say whether she would be fine or not, but you should check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/alkalis/

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DUke
Pointer
Young
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Friend of mines young dog not sure how young but very young drank mop bucket water(bleach) between an estimated 36-48 hours ago,they dont know how how much he drank, they called posion control but they didnt have the $65 for the call or a Vet around them. The dog drank it between 36-48 hours ago they believe. They are making him drink a lot of water... How long would it take for the bleach to kill the dog? or since its passed 24hrs the dog will be ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly I would recommend Veterinary attention regardless of cost due to the possible effects of the bleach on the body; treatment usually consists of gastric lavage, anti-ulcer medication and lots of fluid therapy along with other supportive care. The consumption of bleach may take some time to cause symptoms, but if it was in a mop bucket I am hoping it was heavily watered down for Duke’s sake. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/alkalis/

My dog plays with a groom that my husband used to clean the floor with some clorex (bleach), but is diluted withe water.
Then my dog developed drooling and respiratory problem and now he doesn't want to eat since yesterday,so I brought a sering and started to give him water and liquid foods to clean his system.
I fell he is better now , but am concerned about his breathing because fast and noisy little bit.
What i have to do please help?

I came home and my house smelled of bleach i looked around and when i found it the cap was in my livingroom and the container was spilled in the laundryroom/mudroom all over the floor hes had alot of water to where hes bloated. hes vommited once. idk if he ingested any. hes not showing any of the symptoms you mention above. what do i do???

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Rylee Mae
Yorkie
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomit

Hello,

My husband made a solution of bleach and water to bleach some areas on our Lanai. Let the areas dry but then the dogs were out there later that day. This morning one of my dogs (7lbs) vomited and I wiped it up. I smelled the paper towel and I smell a slight bleach odor. What shall I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to rinse the Lanai more thoroughly, and not let the dogs out until you don't smell bleach. If Rylee Mae continues to vomit, has diarrhea, is lethargic or doesn't want to eat, you should see her veterinarian for an exam. It may or may not be related to the bleach, but is worth keeping an eye on her for that. I hope that she is okay.

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Mona
Collie x huntaway
5 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

N/A

Hi I was bleaching the floor and my puppies paws went into it. I quickly wiped it off and then put her in the bath and rinsed and washed her paws is there anything else I can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have concerns after your puppy has walked through something the best course of action is to rinse off and clean thoroughly the paws, which you have already done. There is little else to do, your initial reaction was correct but dilute bleach shouldn’t cause a problem depending on the specific product. If you are worried, check the paws for the rest of the weekend; if you notice any redness or blistering visit your Veterinarian, but the bleach should be dilute enough if used on the floor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog drank some toilet water that had a small amount of Clorox spray in it. I gave her a lot of water and a little bit of milk. What else should I do? Does she need a vet?

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walker
Border Collie
10 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

drinking a lot
Drinking

We have oxy-clean and the scooper had some residual left over I would say maybe two table spoons and we went downstairs and it seems as if he licked it clean. We haven't seen any signs but it has been about 30 minutes. What should I do next?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That amount of Oxy-Clean may cause signs of toxicity for Walker, especially at his young age. It would be best to have him seen right away by a veterinarian to assess the health of his mouth and throat, and possibly prescribe any protective medications that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

My dog was biting on a sponge with Ajax and water. An hour later she began to drool so I gave her milk what else should I do ?

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Mike
Mixed
3 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

They are two puppies and digested non chlorine bleach we found one very shaky and draging itself and we gave him milk but he is unresponsive and shaking a little and the other one was also given milk but is a little more responsive and moving around but shaking and both pooped a little bit and both have bloated stomachs i cant get a hold of the vet maybe until tomorrow

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case, especially if one pup is unresponsive you should call the Pet Poison Helpline to discuss the ingredients of the bleach and to discuss any care which may be given at home depending on the type of bleach consumed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/alkalis/

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Champ
Pit bull
6 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heaving breathing,fatigue
Heaving breathing

I’m worried about my dog and I just wanted to know if you could help me find something for him to feel better because he drunk bleach And is not acting normally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any treatment would be dependent on the type of bleach ingested, quantity and concentration; you should call the Pet Poison Helpline for further assistance as they would be able to give you product specific advice but you most likely would still need to visit your Veterinarian if a large quantity or highly concentrated bleach was consumed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella,brownie,scooby
Chihuahua
5 Years,3 years,10 months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

So my Clorox spilled all over the ground and we were not home we came back and the fumes of the Clorox was really strong. The dogs were not able to breath so we took them to a vet and they pump the stomach and gave him medicine cam home with the dogs and they were fine but then the dog started moaning and throwing up orange liquid. What do I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Orange vomit is not that unusual and is attributable to an empty stomach (the stomach was pumped) with bile refluxing into the stomach leading to vomiting; I wouldn’t be too concerned given the circumstances, try to feed a small amount of boiled chicken and rice to have a little something in the stomach and hopefully the vomiting may calm down. If the vomiting continues or you notice other worrying symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brandy
Beagle
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I tried spraying bleach around the trash can and in it so my dog would stay away from it cause of the smell. She stayed away from it but the bleach settled into it and i guess she didn't smell it or something and knocked it over and got into it. I don't know how much of it she got into though. What do I do if i can't afford a vet bill?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Brandy may have a problem from the bleach, or from the trash. It would be best to monitor her very closely for any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trouble breathing, not wanting to eat, or belly pain. If she is having those problems, she will need to see a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer a free or discounted first examination that would allow you to have her seen if needed.

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Buddy
Chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, heavy breathing
Vomiting,

3 of my small dogs are vomiting due to bleach fumes. The smallest one ( about 6 lb.) Looks like he got it the worst. I am also worried about the pregnant one ( about 10lb) . They seem to be coming out of it very slowly but is there anything I can do besides bathing and milk? Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The fumes may have caused serious irritation to your dogs respiratory systems. It would be best to have them seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to determine if they need any treatment. I hope that they are okay.

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Harley
Boxer
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Threw up twice

Medication Used

none

My 1 year old Boxer got into the trash and got some hair bleach. He has thrown up twice. He is acting fine but won't eat. I gave him a treat and he ate that but he won't eat his regular food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small amount of hair bleach will cause some vomiting and possibly some diarrhoea later on; however try to encourage Harley to drink and once he can keep down water without vomiting try to feed regular small portions of boiled chicken and rice. After a day or two of not vomiting you should transition slowly over to his regular food; however, if the vomiting doesn’t stop you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Walter
beagle/retreiver
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Medication Used

Trifexis

My dog Walter might have ingested some dakin's soaked gauze containing Sodium Hypochloride. He is acting very lethargic. He hasn't drank or eaten anything this morning. But did go out to pee.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Walter ate the bleach product that you are describing, he should be seen by your veterinarian. Bleach can be very caustic to the mouth and throat, and he may need supportive care so that he can eat and drink.

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Tundra
Siberian husky mix boxer
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog drank out of a mop bucket on Sunday And it had hot water and bleach in it and I wasn't home but my brother was so I don't know how much he ingested. But I tried to feed him and he wouldn't but he would drink water. Yesterday he ate more then he was but not as much as he normally does and he isn't acting normal like being hyper and playing. He is drinking water and going to the bathroom okay but he's not acting normal like barking. I just want to know if he'll be okay because I am taking him to the vet on Saturday at 10 am. I just want your advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleach ingestion as your describing typically causes gastrointestinal symptoms including oral irritation, pawing at mouth, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain among other symptoms; the diluted bleach would have reduced the severity of the ingestion but there may be still some gastrointestinal pain. Hydration is important along with supportive care, but the severity of the poisoning would be dependent on the product; all cleaning products have a freephone number on them, call it and seek product specific advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I jst got home n there was a thing of bleach on the floor idk if he injested it he had some on his paws i gave him a bath and fed him he ate normal and has been drinking plenty of water I also gave them some milk don’t think I’ve really noticed that you were sneezing a lot but I don’t know if that was from the shower hes a pit pull puppy 12 weeks

I had a small tub of pure Clorox bleach on the floor and mistakenly left it there for an hour. I'm not sure if my dog ingested it or not but a day later she is having very bad seizures while she is sleeping. Could it be possible that she ingested bleach? Or could it be old age? I've had her 14years.

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Duke
Doberman Pinscher
4 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

My dad left a wet sponge with Ajax chlorine on the grass because he was washing pots. So my dobie thought it was a toy and decided to bite all over it & as I seen I ran and rinsed his mouth with water and gave him some milk. What else should I do ?

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Kikoy
GSD. 34
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

vomit and bloody diarrhea

Medication Used

I dont

what should I do. he seems fine and barking now. he is a large dog and the bleach was diluted and might have licked some bleach attach to his paws.I know "go to your vet" but will he be fine without going ? suggestion please

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kikoy only licked a small amount of bleach, that should not cause dramatic signs or toxicities for him. I'm not sure how long the vomiting and bloody diarrhea that you describe has been going on, or if it is related to licking the bleach, and I really can't say if he will be okay without veterinary care without more information. If he seems fine and isn't having any more vomiting or diarrhea, and is eating and drinking normally, he should be fine. If the vomiting and diarrhea continue, or he seems lethargic or doesn't want to eat, then he should be seen.

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Alfred
Pit bull
12 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

I came home and there was a container of bleach on the floor and he had bleach on his paws I gave them a bath and give them some milk and water and food he’s been acting normal the only thing is he was sneezing should I take him to the vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The chlorine from the bleach may be irritating his respiratory tract, especially if he put his nose to it to smell what it was; I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since bleach poisoning can be severe so a once over by your Veterinarian would be wise since it was neat from the container. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog ate a paper towel that had the Ajax brand cleaning product (This product contains bleach). He threw up minutes later. What should I do?

I accidentally left bleach in a small tub on the floor. Though I didn't see my f2ffig ingest it, a day later when she sleeps she is having very bad seizures. I took her to the Vet and they are wanted to keep her over night. What will happen since a day or so has passed. Is it too late for the Vet to correct?

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Maggie
Hound
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog drank some toilet water that had a small amount of Clorox spray in it. I gave her a lot of water and a little bit of milk. What else should I do? Does she need a vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Toxicity could result in complications within the digestive and respiratory systems. Bleach poisoning is considered one of the top ways that dogs can be affected by toxicity. 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. Since Maggie drank a small amount of Clorox spray in the water, she may not have drank enough to cause a problem. Signs to watch for include coughing, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, ulcers in her mouth. Seek veterinary care if any of those signs do occur.

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Ace
Pit bull
2 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Weakness
Calm

My Pit bull Ace is only 2 1/2 months old and he chews on everything but 2 days ago I found a whitening cream in his bed that he had eaten to it’s called Magia Blanca by Michelle Marie and after that he’s been acting a little strange. He will whine and cry for no apparent reason and he’s so calm. He’s legs also start shaking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After checking online, I was unable to find any useful information on Magia Blanca by Michelle Marie which would give a detailed breakdown of the ingredients and their quantities; you should monitor Ace for the time being and ensure that he is kept hydrated. However, you should call the manufacturer of the product to ask about the list of ingredients and overall toxicity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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