My Dog Ate Wood Glue

My Dog Ate Wood Glue

With recent increases in building works and DIY home renovations, the Animal Poisons Helpline is often contacted about pets that chew on or ingest different building related products. One such product is timber adhesives and whilst most exposures do not usually result in significant harm, each exposure should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

A common class of ingredients in selected timber adhesives are isocyanates. Glues that contain isocyanates rapidly expand and harden as part of their curing process. In the presence of gastric secretions, they can expand up to 10 times their volume potentially filling the entire stomach. This expanded foam can irritate the lining of the stomach and as it hardens can result in life threatening gastrointestinal obstruction.

To keep your pet safe, ensure that adhesives and other building products are always stored out of reach. Beware that isocyanate containing glues are particularly hazardous to pets, and the ingredient may not always be listed on the label.

☎️ If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.

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