If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or one of the other resources listed:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435
• Pet Poison Helpline® 24-hour animal poison control service at (855) 764-7661


DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is found in many OTC insect repellants like the popular brand Off. This chemical can be toxic to animals, causing neurological complications. DEET can be absorbed through the skin and these products should never be applied to your pet.

Signs and symptoms of toxicity: Clinical signs of toxicity include skin irritation, increased drooling, vomiting, tremors, difficulty walking and increased agitation.

Toxic consumption: There is no established threshold for toxicity. All incidents of exposure should be reported immediately.

Osweiler, G, et al. (2011). Blackwell’s five-minute veterinary consult clinical companion. Small Animal Toxicology. [Kindle version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com

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