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Detergents

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Burns in the mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Inappetance
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing

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While detergents are commonly used in the household, some can cause corrosive injury, particularly to cats. Spilled detergents should be promptly cleaned up; exposure to cats typically occurs when cats walk through spilled liquid detergent, only to be groomed and orally ingested thereafter. Clinical signs of drooling, burns in the mouth, pawing at the mouth, not eating, vomiting, lethargy and difficulty breathing may be seen. Prompt veterinary attention is necessary.

Poison type: Household Items

Alternate names: soap, fabric softener, cleaner, enzymatic cleaner, deodorizer, anionic, cationic, nonionic, surfactants