If you are prone to asthma attacks, you may be keeping an inhaler readily available. While inhalers can save your life, these products can kill dogs.
Many dogs end up in emergency poison centers after chewing up their owner’s inhalers. Dogs seem particularly attracted to inhalers perhaps because they smell of food since people put these in their mouths. When your dog chews up an inhaler, he can get both an inhaled dose and the oral dose, which means consuming a dose that’s very concentrated. Signs of toxicity develop quickly and can last for several hours to days. Depending on the active ingredient of the inhaler, the signs manifested by the dog may range from mild to life-threatening.
There are different types of inhalers for asthma—those that dilate or open up airways, and inhalers that reduce inflammation. For the safety of everyone in the house—you, your family, or vet staff—you should always be aware of the type of inhaler that you have.