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Poisonous to: Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, potentially requiring surgery

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distended stomach
  • Retching

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Firestarter logs (commonly known by the brand, Duraflame) are readily available in the house. These logs are designed to start fires in fireplaces easily, as they are highly flammable. If ingested by dogs, the compressed sawdust and wax within these logs can result in a foreign body obstruction in the stomach. Some types of these logs contain heavy metals also, and there is rare risk of heavy metal toxicity.

If you suspect your dog ingested a firestarter log, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment advice.

Poison type: Household Items

Alternate names: Sawdust, wax, Duraflame, foreign body obstruction, heavy metals