What Should I Do If My Dog Eats Baking Soda?

By Catherine Holden Robinson

Baking soda is highly regarded for its cleaning and neutralizing properties. It can remove the olfactory offensive stench from sneakers, pet odors from carpet and makes a refreshing facial scrub. A teaspoon of baking soda can alleviate a sour stomach, and a healthy amount can deodorize everything from your car to your cat box. It's safe for human consumption in small amounts, but if your dog consumes it, you may be in trouble.

Harmful Properties

Your pantry and your dog can be an unfortunate combination, especially if your dog consumes baking soda. Baking soda is a leavening agent, and when combined with the heat found in your dog's stomach, it will release dangerous gasses that can cause low potassium or calcium, high sodium, muscle spasms or heart failure. While baking soda is nontoxic and can serve as a toothpaste or dry shampoo for your dog, if he consumes it, especially in a large quantity, it can have a devastating effect. If your dog eats baking soda, call your veterinarian immediately. If he is unavailable, you may be directed to an emergency clinic in your area. If veterinary help is unavailable, contact the Animal Poison Control line at 888-426-4435.