You come home and find that your dog doesn't look too good. After examining the site, you discover that it has come into contact with some harmful substance - something that could put the animal's life at risk if it continued its organism. It's not pleasant to make a dog vomit, but it can be an important first step in getting the toxin out of the body. To do this, learn to administer hydrogen peroxide, get veterinary treatment, and follow some general rules for inducing a dog to vomit.
Part 1 of 3: Administering hydrogen peroxide
Step 1. Find out if the dog needs to vomit
Before inducing the dog to vomit, see if this is the best measure to take. It is necessary to take this attitude at home if the animal has ingested any of the following substances:
- Antifreeze (if he has swallowed it within two hours at most).
- Grape or raisin.
- Paracetamol or acetylsalicylic acid.
- Plants such as azalea and narcissus.
Step 2. Take the dog to another location
If he's lying on his bed or on the rug, you need to get him somewhere before inducing him to vomit. For example, take it out into the backyard or place it somewhere where vomit can be easily cleaned up, such as a room lined with a rubber floor.
If the dog is weak, he may not be able to walk easily on his own. It may be necessary to carry him or at least help him walk to the desired location
Step 3. Give him a small meal
At first, it may feel awkward to feed a dog to make him vomit. However, giving some food can actually increase the chance that the dog will vomit. A small portion of canned food or a slice of bread are good options.
- Canned food is easier to eat and tastier than dry food.
- The dog may not want to eat on its own. If that happens, try putting the food directly into his mouth.
- Don't waste too much time trying to get him to eat.
Step 4. Call the veterinarian or an animal hospital
This measure is very important! Do not try to make the dog vomit before calling the veterinarian or hospital care. When you call, provide as much information as you can so the experts can educate you on what to do (and what not to do) next. Among the important information are:
- What do you think the dog ingested (toxic plants, cleaning products, chocolate).
- How long ago do you think he ate the toxin.
- Dog Symptoms.
- The size of the dog.
Step 5. Find out how much hydrogen peroxide in a 3% solution (10 volumes) the dog needs
If the veterinarian says that it is good to induce the dog to vomit, give the animal oxygenated water, found in any drugstore, to the animal. This is the most used product to induce vomiting in dogs. Give one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for every 4.5 kg of the animal's body weight.
Use a measuring spoon to dose the correct amount of hydrogen peroxide
Step 6. Administer the substance
to that amount of hydrogen peroxide with a dropper and pour it as deep as you can into the animal's tongue.
Do not mix the hydrogen peroxide in the food or in the pet's water before measuring with the dropper
Step 7. Take the dog for a walk
Walking can encourage you to vomit by allowing the hydrogen peroxide to be mixed with the remains in the animal's stomach. Walk with him for about five minutes. If the dog doesn't want to walk, rock or move his belly gently.
Step 8. Wait for the dog to vomit
Generally, the animal vomits five minutes after administration of hydrogen peroxide. If he doesn't vomit within ten minutes, give another dose of the substance.
Some sources say not to give the dog more than two doses of hydrogen peroxide. Others find it acceptable to give up to three doses. Before giving the third dose, call your veterinarian
Part 2 of 3: Getting the Care of a Vet
Step 1. Take the pet to the vet
The dog needs to receive treatment from the veterinarian even if it has already vomited. Vomiting is just a quick way to aid recovery, but it doesn't remove all the toxin from the dog's stomach. Veterinary care is essential if the dog is not vomiting, which means he needs something stronger than hydrogen peroxide.
- Don't delay taking the dog to the vet.
- If he has vomited, take a photo to show the vet.
Step 2. Tell the vet what happened
Even if you have already talked to the professional before giving the hydrogen peroxide, it is useful to repeat what happened while the doctor examines the dog. You will also need to tell him how much hydrogen peroxide was given to the dog and how many times the measurement was taken.
If the animal vomited, describe what the vomit looked like or show a photo
Step 3. Let the vet take care of your dog
He has access to medications that cause vomiting, as well as substances that help prevent the absorption of toxins. For example, the veterinarian can give the dog activated charcoal, as the charcoal binds to toxic substances in the digestive system and prevents further absorption.
- Apomorphine is an opiate medication that can induce dogs to vomit. It usually works in five or ten minutes.
- A drug called xylazine can also cause vomiting in dogs.
- The veterinarian is able to indicate the best way to treat the ingestion of the toxic substance in the pet.
Part 3 of 3: Learning Other Ways to Induce Vomiting
Step 1. Research which substances cannot be eliminated by vomiting
Certain substances can cause a lot of damage after being ingested if they are regurgitated. If you know your dog has ingested any of the following products, not induce vomiting:
- Petroleum-based substances such as gasoline.
Step 2. Observe severe symptoms of poisoning
Making the dog vomit can be dangerous if he is extremely ill or unconscious. If the dog shows these symptoms of severe poisoning, not induce vomiting. Take him to the vet immediately. Observe the following signs of severe poisoning:
- Breathing difficulty.
- Depressed appearance.
- Weak heartbeat.
Step 3. Do not use ipecac syrup or salt to induce vomiting
Ipeca syrup is often recommended for inducing dogs to vomit. However, it can remain in the stomach and cause irritation if the pet is unable to vomit. Salt is also not recommended as it can become toxic when given large amounts to the dog.
Step 4. Induce him to vomit immediately
If possible, have the dog vomit no more than two hours after he has ingested a toxic substance. After two hours, the toxin travels to the intestine, making the induction of vomiting ineffective.