Has your doggo eaten something they aren’t supposed to? You’re not alone, dogs eat things they aren’t allowed to eat all the time. And our furry friends sure can be sneaky about it, too.

As a pet owner, it’s important to know the steps, what to use, and even when NOT to make your dog throw up. Of course, vomiting is a quick way to remove a harmful substance from your dog’s body, but knowing how to make a dog throw up safely, however, is the most important thing.

Don’t worry, after learning these steps – you’ll be an expert!

How to make a dog throw up: Know the steps and what to use

Since making your dog vomit can be helpful, knowing how to do it safely is key. Before you do anything, read the steps below and, of course, always speak with a vet as soon as you can. Vet’s know more accurate information regarding the best (and safest) way to induce vomiting in dogs.

1. If your dog ate something bad in the last 2 hours: get 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Don’t get anything higher than that because the higher concentrations can be very dangerous for your dog.

2. Contact your veterinarian, see what dosage they think is best for your dog. If a vet is unavailable, reach out to the veterinarians at Airvet. It’s a good rule of thumb to do 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds taken in the mouth. It’s important to know that you should never give your dog over 3 tablespoons of the solution.

3. Give your dog the hydrogen peroxide. To make sure they swallow the solution, get a turkey baster and inject it into your dog’s mouth by squirting it between their back teeth. You will most likely need to pull up their lip so you can get in there. If this isn’t working, you can administer the solution from the front of their mouth, but make sure they don’t inhale it.

4. If your dog doesn’t start vomiting in around 15 minutes, try another dose. That might be the push they need.

5. Once they have vomited, keep an eye out for any adverse reactions like lethargy, diarrhea, or if they vomit for more than 45 minutes.

If your dog isn’t experiencing any adverse reactions, call your veterinarian, and bring them in for an in-person visit ASAP. Your vet may want to give them something else to completely rid them of what your dog ingested. Plus, a good check-up with a licensed professional is always the best scenario for peace of mind.

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When or when not to make your dog throw-up

Here’s the thing, there are many instances where you should not, under any circumstances, try to make your dog throw up.

For instance, if it’s been more than three hours, it’s probably on its way out, or will need immediate medical attention. If your dog swallows a sharp object, throwing up may bring more harm than relief. If what they swallowed is on the larger side, it could lead to your pup choking, and that in itself is a whole other issue.

For brachycephalic dog breeds, which are dogs with shorter noses (think pugs), there is a huge concern of triggering aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia happens when your dog inhales toxic substances into their lungs. So while your dog may be successfully throwing up, they could have inhaled toxic contents that may cause harm.

If your dog ate rat poison, consider it an emergency. Call a pet poison helpline, and take them to a vet clinic immediately. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435

Knowing how to make your dog throw up is absolutely a responsible tool to have as a pet parent. Another responsible tool? A chat with your vet. Make sure you talk with a vet before this sort of thing happens, as they will be able to give you more personalized information or instructions that are unique to your furry friend.

If you don’t have a vet or your vet isn’t available, get on a call with Airvet – we’re happy to help with all your dog owner needs, big or small. We got you.

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