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Is Propylene Glycol ok topically?

post #1 of 16
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I got desperate to relieve my cat's itchy skin and purchased a spray for that purpose. It contains propylene glycol. Is that ok for cats? Somehow I thought I'd heard it wasn't....thanks for your input. I will be taking her to the vet on Monday to hopefully find out what she's dealing with. I know that many products sold for pet care, have ingredients that aren't necessarily good for cats - which is very disheartening. Thank goodness I can at least ask you on this forum!
post #2 of 16
Propylene Glycol is poisonous to cats if swallowed. Now we all know that just about everything that goes most anywhere on the outside of a cat might end up on the inside of the cat when the cat licks itself. So it seems to me it's well advised not to use this product.
post #3 of 16
I also would advise against it ..
post #4 of 16
Absolutely NOT!
post #5 of 16
Isn't that the same stuff that is in antifreeze?????
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by gayef
Isn't that the same stuff that is in antifreeze?????
yes it can be ... it is also a sugar type substance found in many "treats" for dogs and cats
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I am going to see if I can return the product. I only used it on her once, but already feel bad that I even did that. Why do they allow so many things to be sold expressly "for animals" when they contain things that poison them??? I am so frustrated about that! Thanks everybody.
post #8 of 16
Thank you for making the best decision!
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Let me then, please list the ingredients of a supplement I bought. Please tell me if you notice anything that is not good. I might as well return it with the other, if I need to. Thank you, thank you! I have a feeling I better hold off using it until I hear from you.

Ingredients: Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acid source), Citric acid, Liinoleic acid (ethyl ester), Zinc sulfate, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, Safflower oil, Potassium sorbate, Vitamin A Palmitate.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you, dawnofsierra! I probably take better care of my cat then I take care of myself. I know animals depend on us, so we have to do our best.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by hannahgirl
Let me then, please list the ingredients of a supplement I bought. Please tell me if you notice anything that is not good. I might as well return it with the other, if I need to. Thank you, thank you! I have a feeling I better hold off using it until I hear from you.

Ingredients: Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acid source), Citric acid, Liinoleic acid (ethyl ester), Zinc sulfate, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, Safflower oil, Potassium sorbate, Vitamin A Palmitate.
fish oil should be fine..lmao.. citric acid is usually apres but a okay one .. linoleic acid of ethyl ester should be fine I think it is wood/plant based oil... zinc sulfate is okay d- alpha is synthetic vitamin e likely another okay pres... safflower oil is fine .. potassium sorbate is a pres
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks Sharky! The answer is probably obvious, but I am a bit slow this morning...can you please tell me what a "pres" is? Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
post #13 of 16
preservative
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by gayef
Isn't that the same stuff that is in antifreeze?????
actually, that's ETHYlene glycol, but very very close chemically (If you'd asked me four months ago, I could have drawn you a diagram, but sadly my organic Chem chapter's gone completely out of my head!)
post #15 of 16
I think she meant preservative.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
actually, that's ETHYlene glycol, but very very close chemically (If you'd asked me four months ago, I could have drawn you a diagram, but sadly my organic Chem chapter's gone completely out of my head!)
thank you ... lol.. I couldnt quite remeber ...
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