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Hand Sanitizer (Ethanol)

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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Coma
  • Hypothermia
  • Weak respirations
  • Death

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Hand sanitizer, which is typically unpalatable to pets, contains ethanol (e.g., alcohol). Like other types of alcohol poisoning, large ingestions of hand sanitizer can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature, resulting in clinical signs of weakness, lethargy, vomiting, collapse, hypothermia, weak respirations, coma, and rarely death.

Poison type: Household Items