What Do I Do if My Dog Rolls in Gasoline?

by Amanda Williams
    Avoid gasoline poisoning by cleaning up spills and keeping gas containers out of reach.

    Avoid gasoline poisoning by cleaning up spills and keeping gas containers out of reach.

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    Without constant supervision, dogs can find themselves getting into trouble, such as rolling around in gasoline that has dripped onto the floor of your garage or driveway. If your dog gets in gasoline, you need to act quickly to avoid damage to his fur and skin.

    Do not allow your dog to lick the gasoline off his fur. Ingesting gas can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions or even death. Immediately apply vegetable oil or mineral oil onto your dog's fur where it is coated in gasoline. Thoroughly rub the oil in, coating the fur and getting down to the skin. Wash your dog with mild soap, such as Dawn dish soap, then rinse him down with water.

    After rinsing the gasoline off of your dog, get him inside your home in a safe, confined area, and contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may request that you to bring him in to make sure that he did not ingest any gasoline and that his coat and skin are OK. If you know your dog ingested gasoline, do not induce vomiting, as the gas may further irritate his throat. Contact your veterinarian right away.

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    About the Author

    Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.

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