Zinc Oxide can be harmful to dogs if they eat any products that contain it. Zinc oxide is a white powder that is widely used in baby products. Products such as diaper rash ointment, sunscreen, diapers and wipes, teething gels, and baby formula contain zinc oxide. It may be overwhelming bringing a new baby home, but your furry friends need to be monitored so they do not consume any products meant for the new baby. Below is a list of some of these products and what can happen if your dog consumes them. 

Diaper Rash Ointment – If dogs consume diaper rash ointment, the zinc oxide can affect their GI tract. Keep all ointments out of reach of dogs. 

Sunscreen – Many types of sunscreens with varying SPF levels, and adult and child sunscreens can contain zinc oxide and other harmful ingredients. If your dog eats or licks sunscreen, their central nervous system, respiratory system, and kidneys can be negatively affected. 

Diapers and Wipes – Dogs will eat anything, including clean or dirty diapers so keep out of reach and sight of your dog. Furthermore, diapers can contain liquid absorbers which can harm your dog. 

Teething Gels – Teething gels are meant to aid babies when they are teething. They may look appetizing to your dog but be aware of harmful ingredients. Gels can contain benzocaine, an anesthetic, and xylitol, a sugar free substitute. Both of these ingredients can induce vomiting, and cause fatigue and difficulty breathing. 

Baby Formula – Dogs can puncture baby formula cans and even drink the formula itself. Pieces of the bottle can obstruct your dog’s throat or other bodily systems. If your dog consumes enormous amounts of formula, they can experience a vitamin overdose. 

Clinical Signs of Zinc Oxide Poisoning 

There are many opportunities for your dog to experience zinc oxide poisoning, so it is best to monitor your dog around any new products. Baby products contain more than zinc oxide, so your dog may experience other symptoms. Common symptoms of zinc oxide poisoning include: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Irritation of GI tract 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Pale gums or tongue 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Lethargy 

Treatment for Zinc Oxide Poisoning 

It is important to get your dog to the nearest vet if you notice any of the above symptoms. Pet Poison Helpline® can be contacted at (855) 764-7661 to answer all your questions. Your vet will have additional knowledge about your dog’s recovery. They may administer IV fluids to address dehydration and prescribe other medications to alleviate any symptoms your furry friend is experiencing.