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What is Borate Poisoning?

Sodium borate is a naturally occurring mineral and salt of a boric acid that is harvested from evaporated lakes. It is more commonly referred to as Borax and is used in laundry and cleaning products, as a pH buffer in biochemical labs, as a welding component, as a water softening agent, and in the creation of ceramic goods. It is used in some countries as an ingredient in food but is banned in the US. Dogs can exhibit signs of toxicity at approximately .02 ounces of boric acid per pound of bodyweight.

Borate, or sodium borate, is used in laundry detergent, cleaning products, and pesticides. If your dog ingests sufficient amounts of this ingredient, it can become toxic.

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Symptoms of Borate Poisoning in Dogs

The vomiting and diarrhea that are exhibited with sodium borate poisoning are generally a blue-green in color and often contain blood. 

  • Blood in urine
  • Coma 
  • Cough
  • Decreased urine production
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry skin
  • Excessive drooling
  • Kidney damage
  • Lack of coordination 
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Skin discoloration
  • Tremors 
  • Vomiting 
  • Weight loss
  • Death

Types

Acute borate poisoning

This is the kind of poisoning that you would see if your canine ate a fairly substantial amount of the household product containing the sodium borate. This is most common with ingestions of borate as an ingredient in a pesticide such as roach killers and flea treatments.  

Chronic borate poisoning

Chronic borate poisoning is less common, but if they encounter it on the floor frequently, or from nibbling on plants sprayed with pesticides made with sodium borate, they can develop additional signs and symptoms. Weight loss, kidney damage, and hormone disruption can result from chronic exposure to this chemical.

Causes of Borate Poisoning in Dogs

Borate or boric acid can be found in a large variety of household products that your dog may encounter, either indoors or out. These can include:

  • Antiseptics
  • Concealers and foundations
  • Diaper creams
  • Enamels and glaze
  • Flea and tick medications
  • Insecticides
  • Medicated powders
  • Paints 
  • Rodent poisons
  • Shaving cream
  • Shower gel
  • Skin lotions

Diagnosis of Borate Poisoning in Dogs

Many of the symptoms of borax poisoning are common to other poisonings, such as excessive drooling, depression, lethargy, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination. The blue-green color of your pet’s vomit and diarrhea is somewhat unique and should point your veterinarian in the right direction. If certain concentrations of borate are left on the skin too long, it can also cause uncomfortable rashes, which your veterinarian may find during the physical exam, particularly on your dog’s face or paws.

The oral cavity and the esophagus will be checked for burns. General blood tests such as a complete blood count and a biochemistry profile will be completed along with a urinalysis. Approximately 40- 60% of the sodium borate will be excreted in the urine unchanged within about twelve to twenty-four hours. These tests will help rule out other toxins as well as assessing the continuing functionality of both the liver and the kidneys.

Treatment of Borate Poisoning in Dogs

Your veterinarian may choose to induce vomiting or opt to perform a gastric lavage for your dog if the ingestion was within the last two to three hours. This is done to remove as much of the physical toxin as possible before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Although activated charcoal is often given at this time for most toxins, sodium borate tends to bind poorly to it, so it is often omitted from treatment. The symptoms of borate poisoning can sometimes induce dehydration, so supportive measures such as IV fluids and electrolytes are often given to combat this problem.

Any borate that remains on your dog’s skin will be washed off to prevent further burning of the skin. Anticonvulsants may also be given to the patient as needed. Borate goes through the kidneys before being expelled in the urine and can cause damage, so the functionality of the kidneys needs to be carefully monitored. In some cases, dialysis may be required.

Recovery of Borate Poisoning in Dogs

Because borate is processed through the kidneys, your dog’s doctor may choose to perform either dialysis or hemodialysis to protect the future performance of the kidneys. Dialysis, for humans, is generally a life-long treatment plan with dialysis occurring 2-3 times a week for the remainder of their lives. This usually only changes if the patient has a kidney transplant. Although dogs may also require dialysis as a lifelong treatment, it is more often used as a treatment for acute disorders, to temporarily ease the burdens to the kidneys and give them a chance to properly heal so that they can recover functionality.

Borate Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Molly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
6 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog got about five licks of a home made ant bait that has borax in it.
Recipe for it is. 1cup sugar, 1 Tbls of borax and water. Wondering if I need to be concerned about this and induce vomiting

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on how much water the Borax was mixed with as this would give an indication of concentration; however at this point were past the one to two hour window for inducing vomiting and the induction of vomiting is controversial as it may cause more harm coming back up. Monitor Molly for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns or she displays symptoms listed on this page. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog ate a so slime diy piece. The piece was half the size of a penny. I can’t find the ingredients in said slime. If there is borax in it, would that size piece be enough to hurt him? He’s about 85 pounds

My puppie licked about one little tiny baby’s spot and it had about a very little borax. But not a lot and it was mixed with water and I haven’t seen any of the symptoms. So should I be worried?

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EmmaLou
Golden Retriever
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unknown

My dog EmmaLou was accidentally left in a room with a small Terro brand borax ant trap. We are unsure if she ingested any and have yet to see symptoms. Should we proceed to the vet or wait and see.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If EmmaLou disturbed the ant trap I would be more concerned, you should keep a close eye on her for any of the symptoms you see listed on this page; if you notice anything you should should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nenè
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 5-6 lb dog got into some homemade roach bait (egg yolks, sugar, & boric acid) I caught him just in time licking it and also eating a rice size amount. I quickly washed his mouth out with water and around his lips too. He isn't showing any of the signs mentioned as of yet. Should I still be concerned and take him to the vet in the morning? It happened 30 minutes ago it is now 10:12 pm Eastern Time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the quantities mentioned I wouldn’t be too concerned, but you should keep a close eye on Nene for the next day or two and visit your Veterinarian if any symptom listed on this page presents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Liberty
Siberian Husky
4 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, lethargy, weakness

My dig ingested a weak borax solution (1.5 oz) in 2 cups of water mixed with sugar (ant poison). Most of it fell on the ground and when was unable to lick it up. Poison control suggested that hydrogen peroxide should not be administered because it may cause more damage than good. Today she vomited, had diareah and is feeling weak, but can still respond to commands. Does not want food or water. Do you think this is acute poisoning? Dog is approx 20 lbs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most cases of borate poisoning are acute caused by a large ingestion leading to symptoms; chronic poisoning or long term exposure is less common as an animal needs to be in regular contact to have a poisoning event. It is important to keep liberty hydrated and to have blood tests afterwards to determine if there has been any long term damage to liver or kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My sister made slime with a normal ratio of slime to water. She left it out and my puppey less than a year old, she is a English bulldog had two slips of it. What should I do.

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Wally
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Tremors
Weakness
Diarrhea

We believe our 50 lb. lab puppy ate a ball of homemade slime containing 1/4 cup borax 3 days ago. He has been lethargic for approximately 48 hours, but this morning he was shaking, weak and refusing to eat. we took him to the vet looking for a blockage but didn't see anything on the xray. He was given anti nausea med and soft food. It wasn't until we got home that we discovered the empty slime container. Do we need to return for bloodwork or do we just have to ride it out and monitor his condition.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are now suspecting that Wally has consumed the ball containing Borax, you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and blood tests to look for damage to the kidneys and to correct any imbalances in the body. Fluid therapy for kidney support is normal and your Veterinarian should treat any other symptoms symptomatically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shy
Chihuahua
6 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

My pup shy i think she got in to some borax and sugar mix .... I gave her water and i was breathing for her then she wasnt moving. For a little while and now she not moving. What can i do i have no way to the vet

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Lola
Plott Hound
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Vomiting

My dog Lola (50lb Plott hound) ate roach bait that my wife made (1 tbs peanut butter and 1 tbs borax mixed ) and then threw up a couple times and is now drooling, should i be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of borax ingestion is induction of vomiting which Lola already did along with supportive and symptomatic care; you should ensure that she is kept hydrated but you should also visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/treat/canis/diseases/borax-poisoning

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Star
Chiweenie
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog may have gotten into some boric acid it happened really fast and I don't think she ate alot. She is acting fine but we made her drink some water the vets around me are closed right now and I'm not sure what else I need to do. My name is Krystal Chandler my email is [email protected]

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how much your dog weighs, but dogs need to eat a fair amount of boric acid to have toxic effects. This compound can cause topical burns in the mouth and GI tract, as well as kidney disease as it it broken down by the body. It would be best to have Star seen by a veterinarian as soon as they open, and they can assess for any topical lesions, as well as test her kidney values to make sure that she is okay. If she is vomiting, drooling, or seems lethargic, it would be best to have her seen at your nearest emergency facility.

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I have 6
American Eskimo
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I was making laundry soap and my dogs got a chop stick I used to stir the mix. Also got measuring cup used for borax. Mix was about 3/4 cup borax to 1.3 gallons liquid. This was 1 hour ago. My email is [email protected]

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With a small amount that would be on a chopstick, I would imagine that at most you would see some signs of drooling and oral irritation; at worse a little vomiting. You should rinse out the mouth and monitor him/her for the time being for other symptoms; if you have any doubts you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shep
Australian Shepherd
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Our dog of 50+ has ate a cotton ball that had 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of hot shot maxattrax roach killing power with boric acid and 4 tablespoons of water, this was mixed and then a have of a cotton ball was dipped in it and 2 drops of blue dawn dish soap on the cotton ball, this was squeed out some what? But it was for ant's but Shep ate it! Just the cotton ball! What should we Do? 10:00pm 5-29-18 help please Gary Grisham PS 1hr and 40 minutes ago he ate it! Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That amount of roach powder and other ingredients on the cotton ball should not be toxic to Shep, but may cause GI upset, like vomiting and diarrhea. If he is having any GI concerns, or seems lethargic or doesn't want to eat, or is pawing at his mouth or face, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Teddy
Shih Tzu
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog may have eaten some home made slime. Elmers glue shaving cream and contact solution. Don't think he ate much if he did. How long till he has a reaction if he did.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Elmer’s Glue is considered non-toxic although it may cause some gastrointestinal irritation; most shaving creams are also non-toxic but may cause some gastrointestinal irritation as well. I would keep an eye on Teddy and visit your Veterinarian if any symptoms present or you’re concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisoncontrol.com/portfolio/glues-adhesives/ www.petpoisonhelpline.com/blog/homemade-slime-toxicity-health-risks-pets/

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Champ
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My grandmother said she has spread the substance around the home but I’m unsure of what she used or where she put it. But ever since then my dog had been vomiting up his food. He seems normal besides that. Wanting to go outside and being very calm.

He’s a 5 lbs teacup Yorkie

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Lacey
Catahoula mix
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea

My dog, Lacey, started having diarrhea (blood and mucus only from the way it looks) about 5 hours ago. We have roach poison out that contains boric acid. While I don't believe she would have licked it, I think she may have sniffed it. She is panting, but still drinking water and eating. She is also urinating normally. Could sniffing the poison cause this? She has no other symptoms and doesn't seem to have tummy soreness.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Lacey may have consumed or smelled the poison you should check the product information for its use around pets and if in doubt call the manufacturer; also if the mucus diarrhoea continues you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deacon
Retriever
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I washed out a kiddy pool with a borax solution and rinsed it several times. My dog uses it as a wading pool and water supply in the summer. Is it safe for him to drink from?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally I don’t recommend for any animal to drink from anywhere apart from designated water bowls with potable water, but I understand that dogs are less fussy; however it is important to be confident that all borax is rinsed out the of the pool thoroughly before use, it isn’t ideal but shouldn’t cause any harm if done properly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Boxer
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

We were cleaning our walk in shower with Borax and our dog came in behind us and licked some of the paste. 3 hours later he started acting very tired and lethargic. That was at 8pm last night. Now it’s morning and he’s still very lethargic. It’s Sunday so we can’t take him in to the Vet so we are unsure what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Cooper has had this happen! If a dog ingests borax, symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and drooling can occur. Other symptoms of borax ingestion include excessive thirst and stomach pain. Dogs that come into contact with borax may experience symptoms such as redness and itching. Inhalation of borax may lead to breathing issues, such as shortness of breath. Dogs that come in contact with borax should be taken to the veterinarian immediately. Without examining him, I can't determine if he just doesn't feel well, or if he is having a systemic problem related to the Borax. He may also be lethargic for unrelated reasons, as puppies are prone to infectious disease. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to make sure that he is okay - if you call your veterinary clinic, there should be a 24 hour emergency contact that you can get access to, and have him seen. I hope that he is okay!

HI My dog has high Boron Levels. It can only be one of two sources as her environment is chemical free raw food filtered water... Either the cheap shitty bowl were using from the $2 shop that comes from China and was tanted a colour meant to be stainless steal however questionable... or from eating the poo of her companion dog friend any ideas?

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K
Pit bull
3 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

I left my dog in it’s room for about an hr while he “slept” and I cleaned the house. When I returned the dog was in the corner by the door whining. Just so happens so be some roach powder by the outside of the door. Now I’m worried and don’t know what to do, cause I’m not sure if he got into any of it!?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We cannot be sure whether K consumed any of the powder or not, but in times of doubt it is always wise to be on the side of caution and get supportive and symptomatic care especially since poisoning with borate may lead to weakness and depression among other symptoms. You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination (take any packaging with your) and to receive supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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