Dogs, especially puppies will eat just about anything to satisfy their hunger or curiosity. Of course, some of these foods and objects may be toxic and harmful to your dog. Therefore, you need to act immediately to prevent further damage. Dogs will often vomit when they want to expel toxins out of their bodies. However, sometimes it falls to the dog owner to make a dog throw up. But, how to do it? How to induce vomiting in dogs?
Before we focus on how to induce vomiting in dogs, we need to learn when it’s ok to induce vomiting.
When Should You Make A Dog Throw Up?
Your dog may eat some toxic food like chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, or swallow a foreign object. The main concern in these cases is to stop this food from being absorbed in the digestive tract or foreign objects from moving into the intestines.
The best way to achieve this is to induce vomiting.
When Not To Induce Vomiting
However, in some cases, induced vomiting would only make things worse. For example, let’s say your dog ate a piece of sharp plastic. In this case, you don’t want to induce vomiting as the sharp plastic piece would move and cause even more damage.
In these situations take your dog to the vet immediately, to surgically remove the object.
Don’t induce vomiting if your dog ate sharp objects, metal objects, or certain poisons.
Do not induce vomiting if your dog ate or swallowed:
- Drain cleaner
- Motor oil
- Toxic plant
How To Induce Vomiting In Dogs?
If the vet’s office is not far away from you, visit the vet or at least call him to consult whether you need to induce vomiting. However, sometimes calling or visiting the vet is simply not an option.
You can induce vomiting in dogs up to 3 hours after they ate something dangerous or toxic. However, don’t induce vomiting if your dog is showing symptoms like depression, dizziness, lethargy or if he loses consciousness. If you induce vomiting in these cases there is a risk that your dog will suffocate.
When inducing vomiting in dogs, firstly give them some food to eat. The food will absorb part of the toxins or wrap-around solid object on its way back.
The next step is to give your dog 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a syringe, eyedropper, turkey baster, or squirt gun.
The dosage of hydrogen peroxide is determined based on the weight of the dog. Generally, the dose is 1 millimeter of hydrogen peroxide per pound of weight.
For example, the dosage for a 30-pound dog would be 30 millimeters of hydrogen peroxide or 6 teaspoons.
After you gave hydrogen peroxide, your dog should vomit in the next 15 minutes. However, sometimes the dog doesn’t vomit. Simply administer another dose in this case.
One important thing to note is that not all dogs will vomit when given hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, stop giving hydrogen peroxide to your dog if he doesn’t vomit the first two times.
Dogs can overdose on HP which will lead to hydrogen peroxide toxicity.