So your dog swallowed chocolate or some potentially toxic substance and now you’re in panic mode because you don’t know how to make a dog throw up.
Whenever your dog swallows something it shouldn’t, be it some chemical or some solid dangerous food, only you can save him. In this post, we’ll comprehensively tackle how to induce vomiting in a dog.
Use hydrogen peroxide
The most effective way of making your dog vomit is by giving him hydrogen peroxide. This works more effectively if you are aware of your dog’s weight.
Give your troubled furball one (1) teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for every 4.5 kilograms (or 10 pounds) of body weight. The heavier he is, the more hydrogen peroxide he needs.
You can use a teaspoon (or a syringe or an eyedropper) in administering the hydrogen peroxide. Have someone hold your dog in the face and also ask somebody else (or the same person) to hold his body. Now aim the syringe or eyedropper (filled with hydrogen peroxide) and make sure the solution goes to the back of your dog’s throat.
The method usually takes 15-20 minutes to take effect. If you think your dog is in serious danger that means life and death, it’s safe to administer the hydrogen peroxide up to three times in a row.
4. Important note
Know that there multiple “types” of hydrogen peroxide. The safe solution for inducing vomit in dogs is the 3% hydrogen peroxide. Do NOT use the same hydrogen peroxide used in salons to color their customer’s hair.
How to make a dog throw up? Step-by-step guide
In case you aren’t still sure of what to do, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to induce vomiting in dogs with the use of hydrogen peroxide as a dog emetic.
- Grab a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to use the 3% solution and not the stronger type used in coloring hairs.
- Grab a teaspoon, a clean syringe or an eyedropper, whatever is available.
- Evaluate the bodyweight of your dog. It’s best if you already know how much your dog weighs.
- The normal dosage is 1 teaspoon per 4.5kg (or 10lbs) of body weight. So if your dog weighs around 30lbs, you need to prepare 3 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide.
- Call someone near you for help. It could be your spouse or any of your household members who are there with you at the moment. Let him position at the dog’s back and ask him to hold your dog steadily so it won’t be able to resist.
- Now make the other person hold your dog’s mouth and force it to open while actively restraining him to not resist.
- Now administer one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide at a moment. Make sure to aim the solution directly at the throat to make him ingest it quickly.
- Now administer another teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide.
- Continue giving your dog hydrogen peroxide to the right dosage.
- Now shake your dog’s stomach to mix the solution with the other contents inside. You can also walk him to naturally mix the solution in his body.
- Expect your dog to vomit within 15-20 minutes.
- If 30minutes has passed and your dog hasn’t thrown up yet, then you can safely repeat all the steps one more time.
Why hydrogen peroxide can make a dog vomit
This substance is an intestinal tract irritant, making it effective in inducing vomit to your dog. It works around 10-15 minutes depending on some factors. Hydrogen peroxide can make your dog throw up about 50 percent of the things your dog ingested.
When NOT to make your dog throw up
We know you love your dog so much and your first response of being aware he swallowed something he shouldn’t is to induce vomiting. However, know that there are times that you should NOT make your dog throw up even if he swallowed a foreign object.
Do NOT induce vomiting if your dog:
Swallowed something that states not to induce vomiting in the label. Check the label of that food or substance and see if indications are stating never to induce vomiting due to risks of making it worse. Consult your vet to verify the right thing to do.
If your dog swallowed petroleum, alkali, or acid-based products. Our dogs are perpetually curious and there are times (when unsupervised) they tend to swallow household cleaning products. Contact your vet immediately and ask whether to induce vomiting or not.
If your dog swallowed a sharp object, never attempt to make him throw up. You might be making the situation worse. Making him throw up will most-likely damage more of his esophagus or other neighboring sheets of muscles.
Note: No online advice beats professional diagnosis. This site is not intended to replace the statements of an actual professional. Always go to your local vet for the best dog care and advice.
If your dog swallowed something you know that is toxic or plainly something that he shouldn’t, it’s still best to call your vet right away. The vet will go over the amount of substance ingested, your dog’s size or weight, his health, the type of substance in question, and how long ago the substance was consumed. They are trained to evaluate these factors and will give you the right instructions on what to do.
How about cats?
While reports are claiming that hydrogen peroxide can be used on cats, we don’t recommend such act. What we do suggest is to verify it first with your local veterinarian.
If you are a pet-parent, then it’s best to have a 3% solution hydrogen peroxide stored in your medicine cabinet. We can’t supervise our beloved pooch 24/7 so having one in store will give you peace of mind that you’ll have something to administer in case he’ll swallow something toxic.
More importantly, it’s best to familiarize the steps on how to make a dog throw up with the use of hydrogen peroxide as the emetic.