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What to Do When Your Dog Eats Oil Paint


Did your dog eat oil paint?  This is what you need to do to get oil paint out of and off of your idiot dog.  It seems a certain troublemaker is not just content to destroy consumer electronics but also try to give me a heart attack as well.  In the 7 – 8 years of her life, she has never shown the slightest interest in oil paints.  I had been wiping my brushes on paper towels, then putting the used paper towels in a small trash can.  I go to clean my paintbrushes at the end of the day, come back to the living room and her face is purple; oil paint soaked paper towels are chewed up and all over the floor.

The most cautious route is to induce your dog to vomit.  This is also helpful if they ate something toxic like chewing gum with the artificial sweetener Xylitol in it.  Use a measuring syringe or turkey baster and get your dog to swallow a typical liquid 3% hydrogen peroxide solution sold over the counter at drug stores.  If you are worried your dog ate a poison, get it out fast.  I skipped this and kept and eye on her.  She did not have any signs of paint in her mouth, so I think she just pulled out the paper towels and shredded them but did not swallow much of anything.  A call to a friend relayed the story of a pet ferret that ate a whole tube of cadmium red and was fine, so I was significantly less worried about a little alizarin crimson on the muzzle of a 55 pound hound.

I used food safe cutting board mineral oil to get the oil paint off her fur.  Unscented baby oil will work just as well.  You can also try olive oil or vegetable oil.  I soaked clean paper towels in the oil and wiped her down until she was back to her normal monochrome self.

I look forward to our next adventure.

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