Dogs eat strange things, and there’s no rhyme or rhythm to it. Nothing is off-limits to them.
In today’s episode of “My Dog Ate…,” we have a real zinger for you — Vaseline. If you have noticed your dog licking you insistently, it’s not that he has developed separation anxiety. It’s probably the Vaseline you have applied to your arms. Better hide the container from your dressing table because once he gets a taste, he will sniff out where it came from.
What Makes Vaseline Harmful for Dogs
Vaseline is made from petroleum jelly, which can be toxic to dogs if ingested in large quantities. In addition, it can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea if your dog eats too much of it. That said, a little bit of Vaseline will not likely hurt your dog.
Make sure to keep an eye on your dog after they eat Vaseline. If you notice any adverse effects, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How to Prevent Dogs from Eating Vaseline
If you’re worried about your dog eating Vaseline, there are a few things you can do to prevent it.
- Keep Vaseline out of reach of your dog. This may mean storing it in a cabinet or on a high shelf.
- Make sure to dispose of any used Vaseline properly. For instance, don’t leave used Vaseline on the counter where your dog could reach it.
- If you use Vaseline on your skin, wash it off thoroughly before coming into contact with your dog. Dogs can easily lick Vaseline off your skin, so it’s important to be as clean as possible.
What Happens to Dogs When They Eat Vaseline
Diarrhea in Dogs After Eating Vaseline
If your dog eats Vaseline and then has diarrhea, it’s important to contact your veterinarian immediately. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can be dangerous for dogs. Refrain from giving them water because this can cause nausea.
Treatment For Diarrhea in Dogs
Your veterinarian will likely recommend a week’s course of treatment. This may involve giving your dog fluids to prevent dehydration. In severe cases, your dog may need to be hospitalized for treatment.
Aspiration pneumonia in Dogs After Eating Vaseline
If your dog inhales Vaseline while eating it, he might develop aspiration pneumonia. This can cause an infection, leading to inflammation. As a result, fluids will accumulate in the respiratory tract, causing difficulty in breathing. This is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.
Treatment For Aspiration Pneumonia in Dogs
If your dog develops aspiration pneumonia, he will need to be hospitalized for treatment. Treatment typically involves antibiotics and oxygen therapy. In severe cases, your dog may need to be placed on a ventilator.
Symptoms of Aspiration Pneumonia
- Blue gums
- Heavy or wet breathing
- Weakness or lethargy
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Can I Apply Vaseline to My Dog?
Yes, you can put Vaseline on your dog. However, it’s important to use a small amount and avoid getting it in your dog’s eyes, ears, or nose. Moreover, wash your hands thoroughly after applying Vaseline to your dog.
When Should I Use Vaseline on My Dog?
There are a few reasons why you might use Vaseline on your dog. For instance, you may use it to soothe dry skin or protect your dog’s paws from cold weather. You can also use Vaseline to remove ticks from your dog’s fur.
When Should I Avoid Using Vaseline on My Dog?
If your dog has open wounds or is allergic to petroleum jelly, you should avoid using it. In addition, if you’re unsure how to properly apply Vaseline to your dog, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Why Do Dogs Eat Vaseline?
Dogs like Vaseline because it has a sweet taste. The texture of Vaseline is similar to that of food, so it’s not surprising that it would attract dogs. However, because Vaseline can be dangerous for dogs, keeping it out of their reach is important.
Can I Give Vaseline to My Dog For Constipation?
No, you should not give Vaseline to your dog for constipation. Vaseline doesn’t get digested. It passes through the gastrointestinal tract and causes diarrhea. Sometimes, vets prescribe liquid paraffin as a laxative. Even though this is a petroleum-based product, it is not harmful to dogs. There are other, safer ways to treat constipation in dogs, and giving them Vaseline is not one of them.
How Do I Clean Vaseline Off of My Dog?
If you need to clean Vaseline off of your dog, you can use a mild soap and warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals, as they could irritate your dog’s skin. After cleaning your dog, make sure to rinse them off thoroughly.
How to Train Your Dog Not to Eat Vaseline
If you catch your dog eating Vaseline, you should scold them and redirect their attention to a more appropriate activity.
You can also teach them the “leave it” command. It will prevent your dog from eating things they shouldn’t.
“Leave It” Command
- Start by showing him a treat in your hand.
- When he tries to take the treat, say “leave it” in a firm voice.
- Close your fist around the treat and wait for him to back away.
- Once he backs away, give him the treat and praise him.
- Repeat this process until he consistently backs away from the treat when you say, “leave it.”
- You can then begin using the “leave it” command in other situations, such as when they try to eat something off the ground.
Vaseline is a common household product that can be used for various purposes. While it’s safe for most dogs, there are some risks associated with it. If you’re going to use Vaseline on your dog, make sure to use it safely and only as directed.
If your dog has ingested Vaseline, look out for a few signs. These include vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. If you notice any of these, you must take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.