Can dogs have cottonseed oil?

Can dogs have cottonseed oil?

You might have heard of cottonseed oil before. It’s used as a cooking oil and is in many processed food products, but did you know it’s also toxic to dogs? In this blog post we’ll talk about the dangers of cottonseed oil for canines, why they are so dangerous and what you should do if your dog eats some!

Dangers of Cottonseed Oil for Dogs:

Cottonseed oil is made from cottonseeds which come from the “gossypium” plant. Gossypium plants have been sprayed with a toxic chemical called gossypol to help prevent pests and insects that feed on them.

Cottonseeds also have things in them that are not natural, like ricin and abrin. These are not found in cottonseed by themselves but rather come about when cross-pollination with other plants.

Cottonseed oil has been linked to the deaths of several dogs in Australia and Canada due to their inability to break down gossypol which leads them to develop the following symptoms.

Symptoms Of Injection of cottonseed Oil

If your dog eats cottonseed oil, it will likely suffer from one or more of the following:

  • Anemia
  • renal failure
  • seizures
  • fever/hypothermia
  • jaundice
  • massive liver and pancreas necrosis.
  • severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • increased thirst or urination
  • depression (or even “drunk” behaviour)

The symptoms of injection are often severe. Dogs that have been poisoned by cottonseed oil may also experience seizures and blood clotting within the circulatory system.

What To Do If You Think Your Dog Has Eaten Cottonseed Oil

If you think your dog has eaten cottonseed oil, you should call your veterinarian or local poison control center for guidance. If it is safe to do so, watch the dog closely and see if they vomit up any cottonseed oil; you can then send this sample in for testing with a vet lab.

If you cannot determine whether or not your dog has eaten cottonseed oil but are concerned about their health (e.g., due to vomiting), please contact your vet for advice.

If you want to give your dog a healthy treat, consider feeding them fruits and vegetables that are high in valuable nutrients, like applesblueberriesstrawberrieswatermeloncarrots or cucumbers.

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