Like kids, our furry friends are known for putting anything in their mouths—and that includes art supplies. Whether your dog was trying to become the next Pup-casso or just testing out a new snack, here’s what you should do if your dog eats a crayon.
My Dog Ate a Crayon. Should I Worry?
Probably not! Commercially-available crayons, including those made by Crayola, are non-toxic. Why? Because the EU actually mandates this.
Crayons are made of paraffin wax and pigment. These ingredients should not upset your dog’s digestive system, though a large amount may cause intestinal discomfort and loose stool. It’s best to keep an eye on your dog after a crayon-eating episode.
The bigger concern would be chocking or obstruction, as would be the case if a large piece of crayon became lodged in your dog’s throat or digestive tract.
Symptoms to Watch For
If you come home to half-eaten crayons, don’t panic. Take a moment to assess how your dog is feeling. If their behaviour is typical, they are likely just fine. Signs of distress would include:
- Excess salivation
- Loss of appetite
- Bad gas
- Lack of bowel movements
If any of these symptoms show up or persist, there’s never any harm in calling your vet for a consultation or heading in for a checkup.
Even if crayons can’t harm your dog, it doesn’t hurt to dog-proof your home. To keep dogs from eating things they shouldn’t, keep the following in mind:
- Keep floors and counters clear. If a dog can reach it, they can eat it. Push all tempting items as far back on counters as possible, or tuck them in a drawer. Leave containers in cupboards, or secure them with tight-fitting lids.
- Secure the bin. While a crayon in a bin might not seem tempting to you, it might be the perfect snack for your dog. Empty the rubbish frequently or purchase a bin with a locking lid if your dog likes to dumpster dive.
- Invest in a baby gate. If your dog can’t be trusted to stay out of the art supplies, a baby gate will help keep the two separated.
So if your dog eats a crayon, don’t worry. Watch your dog for digestive discomfort, engage in some dog-proofing, and don’t be afraid to call your vet if something doesn’t seem quite right.
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