Dogs explore the world around them with their nose and mouth. While this can teach them a lot about their surroundings, it can also get them into some dangerous situations. It's quite likely that your dog will eat something dangerous at some point in his life, so it's best if you know how to make a dog throw up – just in case.
Just remember that you should never make your dog throw up unless instructed to do so by a professional. You should have a list of emergency contact numbers in an easy-to-access location. This list should include your veterinarian's office, your local emergency veterinarian's office, the Pet Poison Helpline (855 213 6680) and the ASPCA Poison Control Center (888 426 4435).
Making your dog vomit isn't always going to be the recommended answer. For example, if your dog swallowed a solid item it may cause him to choke if you bring it back up. Likewise, if your dog has ingested something acidic it could do more damage to his throat if he throws it up. If the issue is more serious, you may be directed to take your dog to seek emergency medical care.
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How to Make a Dog Throw Up
Once you get the okay from your veterinarian, you will need to know how to make a dog throw up. It's best to learn this information before you need it. Once you learn how to make a dog throw up, you can keep the necessary supplies in your canine first aid kit.
If you're unsure about how to find 3% hydrogen peroxide, watch my instructions in the video instructions at the top of this article. On the side of the bottle, you will see the active ingredients. Be sure that they state 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can see an example in the photo on the right.
In order to make your dog throw up, all you have to do is squirt the peroxide into your dog's mouth and make sure he swallows it. The easiest way to do this is by using the syringe to squirt the peroxide into the back of your dog's throat. He should instinctually swallow the liquid.
The proper dosage of peroxide is 1 tsp. for every 5 pounds of body weight. 3 tbsp. should be the maximum, no matter how much your dog weighs.
Three teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon. So, if your dog weighs more than 45 pounds, you should only give him three tablespoons of peroxide. Giving anymore than this at one time could make his stomach rupture, so it's CRUCIAL that you follow these dosage instructions.
Your dog should vomit within 2-5 minutes after dosing him with the peroxide. If he doesn't, you can redose just 1 time. DO NOT give your dog more than 2 doses of peroxide!
If Fido doesn't throw up after two doses of peroxide, you must seek veterinary help immediately. Do not take any chances. By this time, your dog will be quite uncomfortable, and whatever he ate will be working it's way through his digestive tract.
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