Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, requiring surgery
Common signs to watch for:
- Loss of appetite
- Distended stomach
Certain types of glues pose a large poisoning risk to dogs and cats when ingested. These include certain types of wood glues, construction glues, and high-strength glues which are known as diisocyanate glues (commonly known as the popular Gorilla Glue®). Diisocyanate glue ingestions can result in irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. When this type of glue mixes with stomach fluid/acid, the glue rapidly expands into a very large, foam, firm foreign body obstruction in the stomach due to glue expansion. When ingested, clinical signs of drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, distended stomach, retching, etc., may be seen. Often, diisocyanate glue ingestions require surgery to remove the foreign body.
If you suspect your dog or cat ingested Gorilla Glue, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for treatment advice.
Poison type: Household Items
Alternate names: diisocyanate glue, adhesive, wood glue, construction glue