Is slime a threat to pet safety?Summer evokes endless sunny days, swimming, and entertainment opportunities galore, but sometimes we need a little downtime to catch up. Summer craft activities come in really handy for families looking for some chill out time at home, and the one that steals the show each time is, of course, slime. Made with fairly simple, common ingredients, this ooey, gooey stuff pleases everyone from toddlers to tweens.

The drawback to slime and other craft activities is that their ingredients can threaten pet safety at home.

So Slimy, So Fun

Slime is usually comprised of borax, laundry detergent, salt, and zinc sulfide (to make it glow in the dark). Making it at home can be done with warm water, white glue, borax, and food coloring, but most people add glitter, starch, and shaving cream.

Because animals experience their world through the senses of smell and taste, it’s absolutely necessary to keep slime away from them.  

Telling Signs

If you ever notice the following symptoms, it’s time to seek emergency help:

  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme thirst
  • Wobbliness or disorientation
  • Fever
  • Trouble eating
  • Coughing
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory distress

Pet Safety and Arts/Crafts

Most arts and crafts materials are considered safe to use among kids and pets. If they aren’t safe, the label should specify what the risks are. A good rule of thumb is that if a product is deemed unsafe for kids, it’s not great for pets.

It’s important to adhere to the following pet safety measures:

  • Close supervision is always required
  • Only use what you need
  • Do not allow your pet to sample any materials
  • Store the products securely in a closed or locked cabinet or bin
  • Always ensure your home has effective ventilation
  • Wash your hands, and check your pet’s paws to see if they stepped in any art supplies

Many arts and crafts materials contain BPA, phthalates, lead, fire retardants, and other harsh chemicals. If a pet eats or inhales chemicals found in art/craft materials, they can come down with nausea, breathing problems, and other terrible health concerns.

Try to keep the following out of your pet’s reach:

  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Rubber cement
  • Alcohol-based markers
  • Oil-based products, like pastels

Err on the Side of Caution

If you’re not sure if a substance or material is safe to use around pets, we always recommend erring on the side of caution. Look up the ingredients online, call the Pet Poison Helpline, or give us a call.