Watching Out for Silica Gel

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Sure the packet clearly says “Do Not Eat”…but dogs don’t care about that. What matters to them is that the silica gel packs, those little packets placed in dog treats and chews so they maintain their freshness and don’t get soggy, smell and taste just like the product they protect.

Although you may make sure you never feed the silica gel to your dog, don’t count on him staying away from it. If he gets a moment alone with that pack of treats, he’ll go for that packet just as quickly as he’d snatch a treat.

What Can You Do?

When we open a packet of treats, we toss the silica gel packet into the trash (a secure trash can with a lid…or we all know what will happen.)

If we think we’ll have the treats around for a while (with two dogs, that doesn’t happen very often), we transfer the treats to a glass jar with a screw-top lid. Inside, place a couple of soda crackers. They’ll absorb the moisture and you won’t have to worry about Fido fetching that pesky packet.

Did You Know?

Did you realize that some cat litters contain desiccant silica gel? Just like a silica gel pack, they’re bad for your dog (and, yes, dogs will happily scout around for something to eat in the litter box, a snack that’s coated with cat litter).

Just how bad is it for your dog? Usually a small amount of silica gel can cause an upset stomach; for small dogs eating larger amounts, the problem can be more serious so call your vet if you suspect your dog has eaten silica gel.


Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.

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