So, your furry little friend, biscuit-eater puppy swallowed something he wasn’t supposed to? Fear not. We’ll teach you how to make a dog throw up safe and sound.
Please, bear in mind that if your dog swallowed sharp or metal objects, you shouldn’t induce vomit. For other rules about when NOT to induce vomit, please follow this guide from our friends at WideOpenPets.
What is the best way to make my dog throw up?
When it comes to vomit induction in dogs, the only safe way according to vets is to use Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide (or H2O2) is a powerful chemical compound that you should have at your disposal. Not only it can induce a dog’s vomit, but it also has other 50 everyday uses that you can take advantage of.
Hydrogen Peroxide is commonly sold with a substance’s concentration of 3%. Make sure the percentage isn’t higher than that, otherwise, it’s not safe to use as an emetic agent (by the way: did you know the fear of throwing up is called emetophobia?).
…and how much peroxide do I need to make a dog throw up?
Rule of thumb is one teaspoon for small-sized dogs, two teaspoons for medium-sized dogs and three teaspoons for larger dogs. Don’t use more than three spoons of Hydrogen Peroxide regardless of your dog size or the reason to induce vomit.
You shall administrate the Hydrogen Peroxide with a feeding syringe and wait 15 minutes to see if the dog vomits. If he doesn’t, you can give him a second dose. Remember to stay close to him while he vomits and go to the veterinary after so he can check up your dog’s condition.
Check if your dog wants to eat before inducing vomit, especially wet food. It may help to ease the vomit travel through your dog’s throat. Don’t worry if the dog doesn’t want to eat, it’s not mandatory in any way.
Is there another safe way to induce vomit on dogs?
Hydrogen Peroxide is the safest and only recommended way by veterinarians. You may read online about how to make a dog throw up with salt, but don’t risk it. Salt may poison your furry fella and cause brain swelling and other life-threatening complications.
Another alternative you may hear about is mustard. Although it is not harmful as salt, it’s completely inefficient and thus there is no point in trying it. Last, don’t try inserting fingers in your dog’s mouth to induce vomit. It won’t work as intended and may hurt you and/or your furry little fella.
Key takeaways from the article and other tips
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) is the only safe way to induce vomit on a dog.
- If your dog hasn’t vomited after you tried the technique twice, take him to the vet as soon as possible.
- Use this technique only in an emergency. It is always safer to go to the veterinary.
- Do not try other techniques such as salt, mustard or inserting fingers, regardless of what you read online.
- Do not, in any case, apply the same technique to humans. Hydrogen Peroxide is highly poisonous for people when ingested.
- Do not try the technique on cats. There is no safe way to induce vomit on cats at home.