Hand Sanitizer (Ethanol)

Hand Sanitizer

Pictured: Hand Sanitizer

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Depression or lethargy
  • Incoordination
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting or retching
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Decreased respiratory rate
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)
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Hand sanitizer, which is typically unpalatable to pets, often contains ethanol (e.g., alcohol). Like other types of alcohol, a large ingestion of hand sanitizer can cause lethargy, vomiting, incoordination, weak respirations, and dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Severely intoxicated animals can potentially experience seizures and respiratory failure.

Poison type: household_items

Alternate names: alcohol, ethanol, ethyl alcohol