Dogs have a habit of finding and ingesting things they shouldn’t, from puppyhood to adulthood. Unfortunately, that results in sickness. In some cases, it could even be fatal. And for these reasons, it’s important to learn how to properly induce vomiting in your dog. It could save her life.
Dangers for Dogs in and Around Your Home
Your dog, like most, has probably tried or successfully eaten many things such as:
- Cleaning products
- Poisonous plants
- Toxic human foods (chocolate, grapes and raisins, or xylitol).
Call the Vet Before You Do Anything
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to try and get the substance out of your dog before it is able to do much damage. Inducing vomiting, or emesis, isn’t always the right choice.
you need to check with your vet before making the decision to induce vomiting in your dog.
In some circumstances, a dog will only be able to vomit substances within one or two hours of having ingested it. Trying to induce vomiting outside of those parameters can worsen the situation.
Again, always consult your vet before attempting to induce vomiting in your dog. If your regular or local vet is not available, call the Animal Poison Control Center or Pet Poison Helpline, which are both available 24/7 at a charge. It’s worth it!
Steps to Follow and Things You’ll Need
- Telephone to call for help.
- ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435)
- Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680)
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Large, plastic syringe without needle OR a turkey baster.
- Measuring teaspoon.
- Latex or rubber gloves.
- Paper towels, water, cleaning product, plastic bags.
These are the steps you should follow:
- Call your veterinarian followed by the Pet Poison or Control Center Hotline.
- Be ready to provide the following information:
- Your dog’s weight
- Existing health issues
- What they they ingested, how much, and when.
- If you are told to induce vomiting, proceed, otherwise follow the directions given by the professional you have spoken with.
How to Induce Vomiting in Your Dog Guide
- To induce vomiting in your dog:
- Offer your dog a small meal if they have not eaten within the last two hours, as they are more likely to vomit. Don’t force feed your dog if they do not want to eat.
- Prepare 1-milliliter (ml) of 3% hydrogen peroxide for every pound using the teaspoon of syringe. One teaspoon is about 5 ml.
- Never give more than 45 ml at one time, even if your dog weighs over 45 pounds.
- Use the syringe or turkey baster to squirt the hydrogen peroxide into your dog’s throat.
- Wait 15 minutes and if vomiting has not occurred, proceed to give another dose measure in the same manner.
- Call your vet or the hotline back for further directions if your dog still does not vomit.
- When your dog vomits, be sure to use a leak-proof container and collect a sample of the vomit.
- Bring the sample to your vet for analysis and identification if you’re unsure of what your dog ate.
- Make sure you inspect the vomit thoroughly, and wear latex or rubber gloves while doing so, as it may contain a material hazardous to your health.
- Take your dog to visit the vet.
It is best to take your dog to your vet or a nearby clinic immediately (or emergency veterinary hospital) after inducing vomiting, unless your vet or the hotline professional instructs you to do otherwise. The vet will evaluate your dog and determine a course of treatment.
Because dogs eat anything that may poison them, have a plan in place for peace of mind.
- Keep life-saving items on hand: turkey baster, measuring spoon, rubber gloves
- Enter pet help hotlines on your phone’s speed dial
In learning how to induce vomiting in your dog, you can save her life and yourself a lot of grief.