Halloween jewelry, glow-in-the-dark, glow sticks
Toxicity to pets
Glow jewelry or glow sticks contain dibutyl phthalate (often nicknamed “DBP”), a clear to yellow, oily liquid with a very bitter taste. While DBP itself isn’t very toxic, it can result in dramatic signs. One bite can cause DBP to leak from the glow stick or jewelry, resulting in profuse drooling, gagging, and retching. DBP can also cause irritation to the skin and eyes with exposure, resulting in redness and a burning/stinging sensation. Cats are at greater risk since they are meticulous groomers. Their grooming habits can result in ingestion of larger amounts of DBP as they clean the chemical off their hair and paws.
Common signs to watch for:
- Profuse drooling
- Redness to the eyes
- Redness to the skin
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.