Is Urethane Insulation Safe for Dogs?

by Eleanor Blaine
    Household pets warrant extra precautions during home improvement projects.

    Household pets warrant extra precautions during home improvement projects.

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    Spray foam insulation is a quick, convenient and efficient tool for both professional and do-it-yourself projects, but is it safe for your dog? There are risks associated with its use, but they may not be what you expect. Certain precautions can ensure that your pet will not be affected by the use of urethane foam in your home.

    While Using Urethane Foam Insulation

    During the application process, your dog should be kept out of the area in which the spray foam is being used. Fumes from the wet product can be potentially hazardous to your pet's respiratory system. Physical contact with uncured urethane foam can be dangerous as well -- it is nearly impossible to remove if it comes into contact with fur or flesh. Spray foam insulation can take up to one hour to dry completely.

    After Using Urethane Foam Insulation

    Cured insulation foam is non-toxic to pets who may ingest it, but choking or intestinal blockage can still occur. Make sure to thoroughly clean your work space and strip away any excess foam if your dog has access to the area. If your pet has consumed urethane foam in any cured or uncured condition, seek veterinary attention immediately. Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet.

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    About the Author

    Eleanor Blaine is an animal lover, exotic pet enthusiast and dog nut with more than a decade of experience in personal and professional animal care. She studied fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago and has been published by various websites and print publications such as the "Chicago Reader."