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Soaps come in various forms, from hand soap to dish washing soap to laundry detergent.  True soap will not be toxic.  Anionic detergents, which include the largest number of soaps, are mildly to moderately toxic.  Cationic soaps are the most toxic of any detergent.  Non-ionic soaps are very mildly toxic.  If your pet has ingested soap, be sure to consult the bottle as to which it is.  The most common poisonings occur when a pet walks through a soap and then attempts to clean itself with its tongue.  While true soap and non-ionic soap can cause some vomiting and diarrhea, the others can cause more severe symptoms.  Symptoms can include:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the Mouth
  • Corneal Burns
  • Localized Redness or Loss of Fur
  • Corrosive Burns to the Mouth and GI Tract
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Drooping
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Coma