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Are moth toxic to dogs?

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Are moth balls toxic to dogs?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I currently have pantry moths in my kitchen. I'm looking to use moth balls as part of the solution but I want to make sure that the gas they give off wont be toxic to my dog.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

They are, yes. Here's what you need to know: I would prefer that you don't expose Lola to mothball vapors. Here's a safer manner in which to address those moths:

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I cleaned out cabinets, etc... have used vinegar as well, but the problem seems to be getting worse.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
is it toxic only if she ingests? I can keep them out of her reach....
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

No, the vapors are dangerous too. The newer mothballs are less toxic and if you don't find the odor offensive, it's unlikely that the vapor is in high enough concentration to harm Lola. Because her nose is far more sensitive than ours, however, I would expect her to avoid the vapor before it became harmful to her. In other words, don't be surprised if she begins to avoid the kitchen!

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