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Ethanol, found in alcoholic products and hand sanitizers like Purell, can be life threatening if ingested by pets. Toxicity risks include low blood sugar, decreased blood pressure, and dangerously low body temperature.

In addition to cats and dogs, birds are also indicated for this toxicity.


Signs and symptoms of toxicity: Signs of toxicity may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, difficulty breathing, fatigue and tremors.

Toxic consumption: In dogs, 5.55 g/kg (2.5 g/lb) can be fatal. This is equivalent to 0.2 oz/kg (0.08 oz/lb). There is no established threshold for toxicity in cats. All incidents of exposure should be reported immediately.

Dogs: Elemental Iron Toxic Consumption
Yorkie, Chihuahua
Pug, Boston Terrier, Poodle
Beagle, Scottish Terrier
Boxer, Cocker Spaniel
Retriever, German Shepherd
Great Dane, St. Bernard
1 – 10 lbs.
(0.45 – 4.6 kg)
11 – 25 lbs.
(5 – 11.4 kg)
26 – 40 lbs.
(11.8 – 18.2 kg)
41 – 70 lbs.
(18.6 – 31.8 kg)
71 – 90 lbs.
(32.3 – 40.9 kg)
91 – 110 lbs.
(41.4 – 50 kg)
dog1 dog2 dog3 dog4 dog7 dog6
> 0.08 oz > 0.9 oz > 2.3 oz > 3.6 oz > 6.3 oz > 8 oz

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

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