Dog Ate Carmex? Everything You Need to Know 

Does your pup have a habit of getting into things that they’re not supposed to? One of these items could be the Carmex that’s in your drawer or bag. It’s important to understand the potential symptoms and what actions should be taken if your pup has ingested Carmex. Let’s take an in-depth look at everything you need to know about dogs eating Carmex. 

Toxicity to Pets 

Carmex is a lip balm that comes in different containers such as tubes and jars. Carmex contains camphor and menthol to provide a cooling or tingling effect that many people like when applying lip balm. Camphor is absorbed into the skin and should never be applied to pets. Camphor is toxic to dogs, and they can experience digestive upset after eating Carmex. Another worry of Carmex is that a dog may eat the packaging as well. This could result in an intestinal obstruction from getting lodged in the digestive tract.  If this issue is left untreated, fatality can occur.  

Clinical Signs of Carmex Ingestion 

If your dog has eaten Carmex or its packaging, they may experience adverse effects. These symptoms may include: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Depression Abdominal pain 
  • Dehydration 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Constipation  


If you think your pup has ingested Carmex, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for treatment advice. If your pup is vomiting and has diarrhea, your veterinarian will administer medications and IV fluids at the clinic. If your pup has only ingested Carmex, they should be able to make a full recovery. Your dog may require surgery if they have an intestinal blockage from ingesting the container. It’s best to keep all Carmex products out of your furry friend’s reach to avoid any potential mishaps.