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What is Detergent Poisoning?

There are many household items that are toxic to animals, including to our dogs. Many of the laundry detergents used within the home are toxic to dogs; however, they do not always show up on lists of cleaners that are poisonous. Ionic surfactants and anionic surfactants are in these products, and even when they are ingested in small quantities the dog can become sick. The dog will have several different symptoms depending on the detergent ingested, as well as the amount ingested. The first signs are usually upset stomach and drooling from the mouth. An item that doesn't often show up on lists of household products toxic to pets is laundry detergent. But it should, because most detergents and soaps contain ionic and anionic surfactants. When ingested in small amounts, these chemicals can cause GI upset in a pet, such as excessive drooling, vomiting or diarrhea.

Detergent poisoning in dogs is the result of a dog ingesting detergent, or other household cleaners, at a quantity where it becomes toxic. Detergent poisoning in dogs must be treated at the very first sign of ingestion of the product or when symptoms begin to occur.

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Symptoms of Detergent Poisoning in Dogs

Symptoms of detergent poisoning may slightly vary, but they are very obvious and a veterinarian must be seen as soon as possible. Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal lesions
  • Lack of appetite
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Burns or lesions in the mouth
  • Excessive watering of the mouth
  • Disorientation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Eye irritations
  • Skin irritation
  • Hair loss

Types

They are many detergents on the market today and they are divided into categories. Types of detergents include:

  • Soaps, such as for laundry and bathing
  • Anionic detergents, such as dish soap, dishwashing detergents, and shampoos
  • Cationic detergents, including disinfectants, fabric softeners, and sanitizing agents
  • Nonionic detergents, such as shampoos, dishwashing detergents, and laundry detergents

Causes of Detergent Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of detergent poisoning in dogs is from the ingestion of anywhere from a small quantity to large amounts of household detergent. The ingestion of this product as well as the dermal exposure to it can cause extensive damage to the eyes, mucus membranes and skin. A pet can walk through a detergent spill and then lick the substance from the paws or fur, extending the damage from one type to all three (oral, ocular and dermal).

Diagnosis of Detergent Poisoning in Dogs

It is very important to not induce any vomiting if you suspect or are definite that your dog has ingested detergent. You may flush out the mouth or skin thirty minutes with running water, or if it has gotten into the eyes flush the eyes with water for twenty minutes. It is a good idea to be doing this after you have called the veterinarian to communicate with the physician that you are bringing your dog in for an appointment. Once the veterinarian learns more about with the dog may have ingested, or definitely swallowed, he will begin acting immediately. The physician may choose to do blood work for urinalysis if he is unsure of what is causing the symptoms, and he may do other tests to come up with a definitive diagnosis. More than likely, he will know the diagnosis is detergent poisoning by his symptoms and by hearing from you the type of detergent in which the dog ingested.

Treatment of Detergent Poisoning in Dogs

Specific treatment is unavailable and it will depends on the type of detergent and the amount that the dog swallowed. There is no antidote; supportive care may be needed in the form of intravenous for medications such as gastroprotectants and antibiotics due to the corrosive nature of the product. A small amount of laundry detergent that was ingested will have a completely different mode of treatment than a large amount ingested. Treatment also depends on the type of toxic agent that the dog swallowed, such as cationic, nonionic, or anionic. The veterinarian will determine the method of treatment as he finds more information and the specifics of the poisoning. How long your pet will remain in the hospital will depend on the severity of the effects of the toxin and whether measures like respiratory assistance or tube insertion (for the stomach in the event of burns and ulceration) are necessary.

Recovery of Detergent Poisoning in Dogs

Detergent poisoning has a prognosis of fair to good, and this prognosis depends on the detergent. Most dogs that receive treatment as soon as possible will recover. To prevent future poisoning events, it is important to keep all detergents and cleaning products out of the dog’s reach when he is at home alone. It is also important to always know where your dog is within the home and to keep an eye on him.

Detergent Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Miss Vegas
American Bulldog
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

difficulty barking
Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

Hi, I was cleaning with SOS pads and using a bucket to dunk the pads in to rinse off and get more suds. While my back was turned, my dog got into the dirty SOS water and drank some of it. Immediately, I get the box out only to find there is no list of ingredienst or what to do incase of injestion. There is a phone number on box, I call and they tell me my dog didn't injest the pad. Well, I said, we don't know that yet. WHen you use SOS pads little pieces break off all the time into the water. She also told me there is nothing in chemicals to harm my dog. Now my dog isn't eating, very weak, vomited once and has been eating a lot of grass from the lawn. Also, she's having difficulty barking. Do you think this is serious?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I do think that Miss Vegas should be seen by a veterinarian, yes. She may have swallowed pieces of the pad and that may be causing GI irritation, or the soapy water. Since she is showing signs of GI distress, she may need supportive care to help her return to normal.

Thank you so much Dr. King for the quick reply.You are so right. We took Miss Vegas to the vet and had her examined and the vet said she should be okay. It's so scary when our pets are sick and we don't know what to do to help them. I love this site. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

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Sid
Pug Mix
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Swallowing

My husband was cleaning out the bath/shower drain with 100% lye cleaner. Our puppy has been jumping in the tub to lick the drain and faucet the last couple of days. I think the dog may have ingested some lye. The water was turned on after the lye was poured in the drain and water was running right before Sid licked the drain. Will ingesting even a tiny amount of lye cause serious problems? It’s the weekend and only option is the animal ER. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Sid did have contact with the lye and it was not diluted enough, he may have serious problems. We can hope that it was only water that he licked! If he is having problems, you will see signs like smacking his lips, licking excessively, panting excessively, vomiting, or ulcers in the mouth, as the chemical can cause burns throughout the GI tract. If he is not having those signs, you may be okay and giving him a bowl of milk can help dilute anything that he may have licked up. If he does start to show those signs, he'll need to get into the ER right away.

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Robbie
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

My dog just drank some laundry detergent, and I rushed to give him water. After that, I immediately researched on what to do next. What can we do to prevent the symptoms? Please help and give advice 😞

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Detergents can be very irritating to the GI tract and can cause burns to those tissues. It would be best to have Robbie seen by a veterinarian right away, as they will be able to assess him and administer any GI protectants that he may need.

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Rocky
Boxer
6 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Diarrhea
Weakness
Collapsed
Drule

What do I do my dog ate lots of laundry powder

I can't take him to the vet because he tries to fight the other dogs so we only take him when it's urgent

Rocky always feels weak has small seizures lots of diareah always licks his lips and drupelets a lot of the time as he is already a boxer that drives he has been licking his lips and been druling

Rocky usually eats all of his food but today but for the past week he has not been eating or drinking anything which is very strange to me
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Regards

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The specific ingredients in the detergent will determine the first aid and any treatment; I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian. However, if you are reluctant to visit a Veterinarian I would recommend calling the Pet Poison Helpline as they have great experience handling poisoning cases down the phone and they will have specific procedures based on the ingredients in the detergent. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/detergents/
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-owners/emergency/

Well my dog ate less than a pinch of foca detergent he then vomit a white bubbly foam will be die😭

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Xander
Shih Tzu
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

it's been two hours after i take a bat of my dog xander, i accidentally pour a shampoo near to his mouth and he licked it. i've been so nervous that it gives him a side effect a later more. what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most dog shampoos don't taste very good, but are not toxic. If Xander isn't showing any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or decreased appetite, he should be okay.

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Jeter
Havanese
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

My dog drank out of a pail or water with oxide clean in it.. he began panting and licking and seemed sluggish..I do not know how much he drank but I quickly gave him some peroxide and he threw it up 3 times. The shortly after i administer water then food and seemed to do fine with that. Do you think I should still take him to the vet? (Work in all breed dog shows)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes inducing vomiting in cases where cleaning products have been consumed may cause more harm than good; however, if Jeter vomited and is not drinking and eating, you should keep a close eye on him for the time being and monitor for any symptoms which may present. If you have any concerns or any symptoms present, you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
West Highland White Terrier
10 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None at present

Puppy bit a small portion of washing tablet but we think we removed the majority of it. He drank water and we gave him some milk.e has not shown any adverse symptoms at present. Can you please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small portion of laundry detergent may not cause much damage especially if it wasn’t ingested, if you think you got it all out just keep an eye on Oscar and look out to ensure that he starts to eat and drink. If you notice any symptoms like pawing at the mouth or vomiting you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vreey
Shih Tzu
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog drank a little bit of laundry detergent (Ariel power gel).It was a very small amount.After that,I made him drink his water.Is he safe?He doesn't really have any symptom.please respond as soon as you can.(PS if I put any symptom dow there,it's nothing.I'm just worried.)And last month,he vomited.I don't know why.Then I saw him exhaling so loud.I'm in a hot country and he's a shih tzu.Is that normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should rinse out Vreey mouth but don’t make him drink water if you think there is detergent still in his mouth; detergent poisoning usually results in oral irritation with an increase in salivation, chemical burns, breathing difficulties among other causes. I would recommend you contact your Veterinarian, an Emergency Veterinarian, a poisoning helpline in your country or contact the Pet Poison Helpline in the USA on 001-855-764-7661. Shih Tzu’s can have breathing difficulties in hot humid climates but if it is a common problem especially at rest you should consult a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog add a little bit of detergent what should I do

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Yoda
German shepherd mixed with pit
5 Months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog ate laundry soap what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of poisoning (or suspected poisoning) it is always best to visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian to get preventative and supportive care which may include inducing vomiting, administration of intravenous fluids as well as medication to prevent seizures. Usually symptoms of detergent poisoning are restricted to the gastrointestinal tract and include drooling, vomiting and stomach pains; in severe poisoning events respiratory distress or central nervous system signs by present. When visiting a Veterinarian in cases of detergent poisoning, it is always useful to have the packaging (if available) so that your Veterinarian will have an idea of the ingredients so that treatment can be directed in a more effective manner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog just drank a bit of laundry detergent earlier today, I rushed to give him water and immediately researched on what to do more. Please give advice 😔

I accidentally put soapy water in my dogs food

I accidentally put soapy water instead of tap water in my dogs food. And I can't afford to bring him to the vet.

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Mollie
Beagle
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

This is disgusting, but our toilet was clogged and we were told dishwasher detergent would help get it going again. Then we caught our dog drinking the vile mixture out of the toilet bowl. There was probably a couple of tablespoons mixed with the entire bowl full of water (and other stuff) So far, she is not showing symptoms and seems normal. If she doesn't show symptoms, do you think she'll be alright? Of course it's a Sunday and a vet visit would cost about $500.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that happened with Mollie - dogs eat the strangest things. With the small amount of detergent, it is unlikely that she will have any ill effects, but the mix of the water she ate may cause some GI upset. If she is vomiting, having diarrhea, or seems lethargic, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, but if she is acting normally otherwise, you may be fine to monitor her for any signs.

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Bella
English Bulldog
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stools
Diarrhea
Swollen Abdomen

Puppy ate laundry detergent. Her stomach has become very distended and yesterday she had a poorly stomach. I’m taking her vets first thing just wondering what she will need and if anything I can do in the mean time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It all depends on the specific detergent, powdered/liquid/gel among other factors; you should visit a Veterinarian immediately as this shouldn’t wait for the next day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pond
Toy Moodle
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog Licked her fur (which had shampoo in it) while i was bathing her and has thrown up twice since then. All she had to eat since her bath was a bland biscuit that has never cause her to throw up before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The shampoo may have caused some stomach irritation leading to vomiting which probably brought everything up; you should hold off food for a few hours and introduce food slowly in small portions once she can hold down water. If Pond continues to vomit, you should hold off food but if she cannot hold down water you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Pug
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Our dog got a hold of a bar of soap. It was Jurgens bath soap. It was about 40 minutes ago and he seems totally fine. The vet did not seem concerned. Do you think I should take him to be seen anyway?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bo was just licked the soap and was playing with it, you may be fine. If he ate the whole bar of soap, that can be very irritating to the GI tract. If he shows any signs of vomiting, or foaming at the mouth, or doesn't want to eat or becomes lethargic, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian.

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Benji
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Coughing

Hello,
Today I had to make the difficult decision to put my dog down. It was very hard. He had a couple of seizures and then a really big one that had him really bad. Vet did tests and everything seemed fine just liver count was a bit high 200s. He didn’t respond well to any of the meds. He had a very wet cough sound when breathing.. I just got home and cuddled with his bed (smells like him) but I also noticed there was a mild detergent smell in some areas.. he has never swallowed any detergent but could sleeping on his bed with this smell cause him trouble ? I’ve been using this same detergent for a while and I’ve washed his blankets with it..He went to the vet because of a cough 2wks ago, took antibiotics then a steroid when the antibiotics didn’t work-and a few days later this seizures.. i mentioned my worry of a household cleaner but he didn’t show anything on the tests. Looking for second opinion

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't see the detergent being related to his condition, sadly. I'm sorry that you lost Benji, and understand that you would like a reason, but sometimes we just don't know why bad things happen. He isn't suffering, and I hope that you can find peace in that.

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