Best ways to induce vomiting in dogs

By on January 11, 2019

Are you aware of how you to induce vomiting in dogs? Many times, pet owners it is difficult to decide whether to induce vomiting or not.

As a dog owner, one needs to have ample knowledge of the safest way to conduct the procedure. As a pet owner, one needs to be equipped with knowledge on the safest method of how to induce vomiting in a dog.

It is important that dog owners to establish the type of substance the dog has eaten before forcing the dog to vomit.  Are you a dog owner? Are you interested in knowing how you can save the life of a dog when it ingests a harmful substance?

Below are tips on what one needs to know about the safest way of inducing vomiting, the procedure of inducing vomiting and the best way on how you can induce vomiting in dogs.

Accidental poisoning frequently occurs in dogs. Dogs tend to eat human foods and harmful chemicals in our homes. Some human foods such as chocolates, junk food, and fruits are very toxic to dogs.

Thus, knowledge of how you can induce vomiting in case your dog ingest a harmful substance is very important.

Veterinary officers advice that dog owners should only be induced to vomit only when the substance ingested have not caused harm to the dog or when the time has not elapsed, and in most cases, it should not exceed one hour.

Taking the dog to the nearest veterinary is good. It should be noted that inducing vomiting should always be the last option.

Before inducing a dog, a pet owner should first call their veterinarian or an animal poison control center.  This is because while trying to help your dog, pet owners can inflict more harm.

Vomiting can be done even if the dog may have consumed the foreign substance an hour earlier, though inducing vomiting should be done as soon as possible. Vomiting should only be induced to a dog when it’s alert, but not when dizzy, depressed or when unconscious.

A small amount of food should be served before vomiting is induced. This helps in diluting the poison and thus delayed absorbing, also getting a dog to upchuck with an empty stomach could prove to be almost impossible.

There are various reasons why inducing vomiting is never recommended when these types of poisons are involved; firstly, when corrosive chemicals are ingested, for example, oven cleaners, drain cleaners, batteries and lime removal products as these can be more damaging to the esophagus if vomiting is induced.

Secondly, vomiting should never be done where hydrocarbons or petroleum distillates have been consumed (examples, kerosene, gasoline, motor oil, etc.), this is because oily substances are easily inhaled into the lungs and can cause severe aspiration pneumonia.

On the other hand, vomiting can be done at home in these kinds of situations. Vomiting can be induced if the infected product was poisonous to the dog.

Also, vomiting can be done to an asymptomatic dog which is not showing signs of poisoning whatsoever or a dog that is healthy and not at risk of inhaling the vomit into the lungs. It is good to note that only safe substance to use at home to make your pet vomit is 3% hydrogen peroxide with an eyedropper or plastic syringe (without a needle). In this instance, a squirt gun or turkey baster works perfectly in this instance.

The peroxide tastes nasty and foam. This combination usually stimulates a dog to vomit. Proper dosage should be adhered to, that is, one teaspoon (five milliliters, or cc’s) for every 10 pounds of body weight, which should be administered orally to the pet.

After administering the hydrogen peroxide to a dog, the owner show walks the dog for up to 15 minutes to allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its work.

Hydrogen peroxide induces vomiting of the stomach content within 15 minutes of use it acts as an irritant to the gastrointestinal tract. In case the dog does not vomit within the 15 minutes a second dose should be administered.

If the dog does not vomit after the second dose, a third dose is not advisable instead the pet owner should consult a veterinarian.

Apomorphine is a drug used veterinarians to induce vomiting, and they can only be prescribed and administered by a veterinarian, as this drug is known to be more effective than hydrogen peroxide. Pet owners should call a veterinarian with immediate effect if their pet doesn’t throw up after administering hydrogen peroxide.

However, vomiting in dogs should never be done by sticking a finger down the throat physically, by using mustard, salt (causing side effects from high levels of sodium) or using syrup of ipecac.

After your pet has emptied his stomach, call your vet. A vet may want you to bring him in, along with a sample of the vomit. A vet can analyze the poison and offer an antidote or other follow-up measures to be sure your dog survives.

Thus, it is advisable for pet owners to keep out of reach of dogs’ harmful substances. It is the only way to guarantee the safety of your dog. Always keep away sweet candy and pills should be out of reach to keep your dog safe.


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