It’s important to note that detergent in any form contains harmful chemicals and is dangerous for pets if swallowed, but pods tend to be more concentrated than bottled formulations. Detergent pods are also more likely to be lying around on top of the washing machine or dropped on the floor, oftentimes putting them in easy reach for curious pets.
Consumption of a small amount (maybe a lick off the floor of a little spill) can cause drooling or retching. Ingestion of larger amounts or pods can lead to vomiting, difficulty breathing, inflammation, lung issues, and coughing. In the most extreme cases, soap can coat the animal’s airway and cause suffocation. If your pet ingests detergent, contact a veterinarian or a pet poison control center immediately.
Prevention is the best method of protection against household toxins, so be sure to keep all detergent products safely out of reach from pets.