As painful as it can be, there are times that you’ll have to cause your dog to vomit to save its life. Dogs are naturally curious creatures, so it’s not surprising that they get themselves into risky circumstances from time to time. Food poisoning is one such instance.
You must induce a dog to throw up if it has consumed anything dangerous, such as unsafe food or chemicals, so that the substance may not have time to be absorbed by the body. You should contact a veterinarian before trying to induce vomiting with the methods mentioned below.
When to (or When Not to) Make a Dog Throw Up
There are moments where forcing the dog to vomit is more harmful than beneficial. Whether your dog has eaten something sharp, including something small like a needle, vomiting should be avoided and the matter should be treated by a veterinarian.
The delicate esophageal mucosa is damaged when acidic or alkaline fluids are vomited. The third category of items that you can not make your dog spill includes oils, diesel, and cooking oils. This can potentially lead to aspiration pneumonia in your pet, so contact a veterinarian right away.
Steps to Take to Make a Dog Throw Up
To begin, move the dog to a new location. Place the dog outside or in an area where you can quickly clean up the vomit, such as a room with tiled flooring. You’ll have to carry the dog or at least support it in traveling to your assigned location if it’s especially weak.
Offer the dog a light lunch after that. Feeding your dog a tiny amount of food to make it vomit will seem strange at first, but it will increase the chance of vomiting. A small can of dog food and a slice of bread are both viable alternatives. Canned food is better for the dog to consume and it tastes much better than dried food. Your dog could fail to eat on its own. If this happens, promptly place the food in its mouth to help in eating. However, if the dog refuses to feed, go on to the next stage.
When you’ve completed the measures above, apply hydrogen peroxide to the back of your dog’s tongue using an eyedropper. Take it for a brief stroll after that and wait for it to throw up.
Why Hydrogen Peroxide?
When owners are unable to drive their dog to the closest hospital, hydrogen peroxide may be provided to the dog orally to cause vomiting. The gastrointestinal tract in dogs is irritated by hydrogen peroxide. The dog would vomit almost half of what it ate in about 15 minutes. This approach is favored over others since the vomiting lasts almost an hour and has no long-term side effects.
How Much Hydrogen Peroxide Should You Use?
The recommended amount is 3% hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds or 4.5 kg. Be careful to approximate your dog’s weight carefully and use only 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Keep Track of When Your Dog Ingested the Substance
The hydrogen peroxide will start working in as little as 10-15 minutes after giving it so make sure to place your dog in a favorable and easy-to-clean location before that time passes so you won’t have to do too much of a clean-up afterward.
Know When NOT to Make Your Dog Throw Up
If your dog has eaten sharp items, oils or fuel, or acidic or alkaline compounds like batteries, you can not force him to vomit because this may cause further damage.
Be Aware of Your Dog’s Physical Status
Monitor your dog’s physical status before, during, and after vomiting. If your dog is experiencing symptoms such as unconsciousness, low heart rate, and difficulty breathing, then it might be experiencing food poisoning. In such cases, do not make your dog vomit and rush it to the nearest veterinarian as soon as possible.
Speak to Your Veterinarian Immediately
Tell the veterinarian all that occurred that led up to the incident. Be as detailed as possible regarding the items your dog swallowed, the period that has elapsed since then, and the activities you engaged in before arriving at the facility.
Reasons to Make a Dog Throw Up
If you can figure out what your dog ate, you could save its life. For example, if your dog ate rat poison, antifreeze, or weed, vomiting could help normalize the dog’s condition or eliminate the symptoms.
How to Induce Vomiting in a Dog
Using hydrogen peroxide to make dogs vomit is the easiest and most recommended method. Check the dog’s weight, and apply a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the back of his tongue for every 10 pounds. This irritates the dog’s stomach, causing him to vomit in a short amount of time. However, you should still contact the veterinarian because there may be other problems that you missed.
When Is It not Safe to Make My Dog Vomit?
If the dog has eaten sharp stones, corrosive substances like chlorine and detergents, liquids, or batteries, it should not be encouraged to vomit. These chemicals can damage your dog’s esophagus which if vomited, may cause severe choking hazards. If the dog has respiratory issues, vomiting isn’t a good idea. They can inhale vomit back into their lungs, resulting in severe complications such as pneumonia and asphyxiation.
Why Would I Need to Know How to Make a Dog Throw Up?
Knowing how to cause vomiting in your dog and using the appropriate tools to do so might save your dog’s life and save you a lot of money in unnecessary veterinarian bills. Also, since dogs are curious and adventurous, they are likely to ingest things they shouldn’t at any time in their lives. As a result, being well-prepared will help you respond rapidly and effectively in difficult and unexpected situations.
What not to Use?
Ipecac syrup is a frequent and possibly fatal error made by dog owners who choose to induce vomiting in their pets. While the syrup is useful to human children, it is sadly poisonous to your dog and should be avoided at all costs.