pets and slimeOne of the biggest trends among children is slime, although people of all ages find it intriguing. This gooey, stretchy, globby stuff has infiltrated craft and art supply stores, toy stores, schools, and Facebook feeds detailing quality recipes. While it’s definitely fun, pets and slime don’t mix. The worst part? Most animals are fascinated with whatever children are into, making an already dangerous situation even worse.

Nitty-Gritty

The bottom line is that while slime is fun, it has the potential to poison pets. From an animal’s point of view, it can look incredibly enticing to taste, chew, and swallow. Slime creates various problems for pets, and it can even be fatal.

Slime Basics

Homemade slime typically contains the following:

  • White school glue
  • Borax
  • Food coloring
  • Warm water

However, other materials are often added, such as salt, boric acid, shaving cream, laundry detergent, saline solution, starch, glitter, and sequins. All of these pose significant hazards to an otherwise healthy animal and trigger the need for emergency care if ingested.

Risks of Pets and Slime

Vomiting is a common side effect when pets eat slime. Because of its naturally viscous quality, pets may aspirate the product back into the lungs. If it escalates to aspiration, pets can really get into a life-threatening situation. If you notice any difficulty breathing, fever, coughing, or disinterest in food, please call us immediately.

High doses of Borax can go beyond normal symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea, possibly resulting in kidney failure.

Salt is also found in homemade play dough and can cause GI problems, seizures, and lethargy.

Preventing Problems

The best way to avoid the problems associated with pets and slime is to simply not keep any in your home. Barring that, consider the following:

  • Store slime securely when not in use.
  • Prohibit your pet access to slime play areas.
  • Teach kids to not leave slime out or unattended.
  • Dispose of slime properly when no longer needed.
  • Don’t allow slime to get on your pet’s skin or coat, where they can pick it up while grooming.

If you have additional questions about pets and slime, we’re available to help you anytime.