Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to severe, life-threatening, depending on what other ingredients or poisons are mixed in (e.g., antifreeze)
Common signs to watch for:
- Increased breathing
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Walking drunk
Hydrocarbons are liquids that are commonly found in your garage. Examples include liquid fuels such as kerosene, engine oil, tiki-torch fuels, gasoline, diesel fuels, paint solvents, wood stains, wood strippers, liquid lighter fluids, asphalt/roofing tar, etc. These are often referred to as “petroleum distillates” based on their viscosity (e.g., thickness), carbon chain length, and fat solubility. Hydrocarbons consist of chemicals containing a hydrogen and carbon group as their main constituents. Some of these products are mixed with antifreeze, which can be deadly to dogs and cats.
If your dog or cat ingested hydrocarbons, one should never induce vomiting, as it can make the pet worse and predispose them to aspiration pneumonia (e.g., when vomitus is inhaled into the lungs). Clinical signs of hydrocarbon poisoning include vomiting, drooling, increased breathing, skin irritation, eye irritation, walking drunk, and coma.
Poison type: Garage Items
Alternate names: hydrocarbons, kerosone, motor oil, petroleum distillates, fuel, tiki-torch fluid, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid