While fires can provide comforting warmth during chilly winter months, pets may quite literally get burned by certain types of logs. One of the most popular types of logs on the market today are Duraflame logs, which offer many benefits – like convenience and an easy clean up. But before you add them to your campfire or fireplace, consider whether these logs might be toxic to dogs. Let’s explore the potential risks associated with Duraflame logs so you can help keep your beloved pup away from harm.
Dangers of Duraflame Logs
Duraflame logs are designed to start fires easily in fireplaces and fire pits, as they are highly flammable. If not handled with caution, this product can pose a serious threat to dogs. If ingested, the compressed sawdust and petroleum wax from the logs can result in an obstruction in the stomach. These logs can also contain heavy metals, which can result in heavy metal toxicity. Additionally, your pup can get burned from the flames or cause a fire-related incident. As a pet owner, you must exercise caution when using Duraflame logs to avoid any detrimental accidents.
Clinical Signs of Ingestion
If your pup ingested a fire log, they may experience severe toxicity symptoms. These may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Distended stomach
If your dog has ingested a Duraflame log you must seek veterinary attention immediately. Call Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian right away for first aid advice. Your pup will need medical treatment at the veterinary clinic. Treatment may include inducing vomiting and activated charcoal to absorb the remaining toxins. IV fluids will be administered to combat dehydration and flush out toxins. Monitoring and supportive care will be needed to stabilize your dog during the recovery process.