Firestarter Logs

Firestarter Logs

household items

Alternate names

Sawdust, wax, Duraflame, foreign body obstruction, heavy metals

Toxicity to pets

Firestarter logs (commonly known by the brand, Duraflame) are readily available in the house. These logs are designed to start fires in fireplaces easily, as they are highly flammable. If ingested by dogs, the compressed sawdust and wax within these logs can result in a foreign body obstruction in the stomach. Some types of these logs contain heavy metals also, and there is rare risk of heavy metal toxicity.

If you suspect your dog ingested a firestarter log, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment advice.

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distended stomach
  • Retching
Sawdust

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Disclaimer

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.