how to make a dog throw up

Quick Dog Vomiting: Safe Step-by-Step Guide

It can be a scary situation when your dog ate something that you know is toxic to it. An example would be if your dog ate a few raisins that your child dropped when eating at the table. Sometimes accidental ingestion is unavoidable. If you find yourself in a situation like that and are not able to reach a veterinarian here is a simple method to induce vomiting in a dog.

Steps to induce vomiting in your dog with hydrogen peroxide 3%.

  1. Get some 3% hydrogen peroxide. This is the common one that stores often sell in the first aid section. Please do not use any higher concentration unless you know how to properly dilute it. Hydrogen Peroxide is toxic to dogs when it exceeds 3%. The reason for using Hydrogen Peroxide is it is an irritant to the dog’s intestinal walls and will induce vomiting.
  2. Give your dog the correct amount of fluid based on the weight of the dog. Typically, it is recommended the maximum dose to use 5ml per every 5 lbs of the dog’s body weight. Do not give it to the dog all at once. Start out with 25% of what the recommended maximum amount is and increase by 25% every 15 minutes until you hit the max dose. If you have a larger dog, do not exceed 45 ML of the 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Using a turkey baster or a feeding syringe squirt the liquid into the back of the dog’s mouth, be careful not to spray it with too much force. Once ingested it can take up to 15 minutes for the dog to start vomiting.
  4. Once the dog has swallowed the solution, have the dog walk around on a leash outside to stimulate the metabolism. If after 15 minutes elapse and nothing happens, give another 25% of the maximum dose. Repeat this step until the dog vomits, do not exceed the maximum dose.
  5. Once the dog starts vomiting you need to collect the contents of the vomit to ensure all of the toxic items or foreign bodies it ingested are out. An example is if your dog ate raisins, you need to count how many were expelled with the vomit. The key to this step is to prevent your dog from eating what it vomits.
  6. After all foreign bodies are expelled from the dog, monitor for any unanticipated reactions to the vomiting, and make sure your dog has water to drink ad some fresh food. Follow up with your vet at your earliest convenience to discuss if the dog needs to be seen in the office.

how to make a dog throw up without hydrogen peroxide

Do not use other home-based remedies to make a dog throw up! According to the ASPCA, the only way to safely induce vomiting in dogs at home is through the use of 3% hydrogen peroxide. There are some tips on the web to use a solution of baking soda and water or mustard and water. From what I can tell the only safe way to do it at home is to use hydrogen peroxide. Both mustard and baking soda can be very dangerous to give a dog. Mustard is toxic for dogs to ingest and baking soda has a very high sodium concentration so neither is recommended.

only use 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, other home remedies are not safe.

When to make a dog throw up.

This is not something that should be taken lightly, this should only be used in the case of an emergency. There are only a few reasons when and why to use this method. Typically it is recommended that you take your dog to the veterinarian to induce vomiting. If you are in a situation where you are more than 2 hours from the nearest veterinarian (ie camping in the woods or stuck at home in a snowstorm), then you should consider doing this at home.

The reason why the 2-hour window is so critical is that right around 2 hours is when most items leave the dog’s stomach and make their way into the intestinal tract. At this point, it is much harder to get the foreign body or toxin out of the dog. So that pretty much sums up the why – only do it if you can’t get your dog to the vet soon enough.

As for the when – the situation is dire. If your dog ate wild mushrooms, ate grapes, raisins, or any highly toxic substance, then it is acceptable to use this method. It can also be used if the dog ate something that could potentially cause a bowel obstruction. Be mindful that having the dog throw up some objects may do more harm than good. Objects like nectarine pits or mango pits that could lead to a bowel obstruction can also be a candidate for using this method.

How to make a dog vomit with mustard?

Don’t use mustard to make your dog throw up. Mustard is toxic for dogs and can cause other issues that will make the situation worse. Instead, use hydrogen peroxide 3%.

How to make a dog vomit with salt?

This is a bad idea, do not use salt to make the dog vomit. The only method recommended by the ASPCA is the use of 3% hydrogen peroxide at a rate of 5 ML per 5 lbs up to a maximum of 45 ML for large dogs.

Summary: how to make a dog throw up

  • Only use this when the situation is dire( no access to a veterinarian within two hours of ingestion)
  • Only use 3% hydrogen peroxide, it is the only method recommended by the ASPCA
  • Follow up the Induced vomiting with a bland diet after the stomach has settled a bit
  • Use Home-made bone broth to help the dog gain weight after a GI issue
  • Follow up with the veterinarian after the objects have been removed from the dog’s digestive tract
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