How to make a dog vomit?

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Knowing how to make a dog vomit is essential in case of poisoning (whether due to a natural or artificial toxic substance) and is one of the most valued tools of First Aid applied to dogs.

In this AnimalWised article we will explain how to make a dog vomit In two different ways, we will guide you so that you know in which cases it is convenient to do so and we will help you to identify in a general way if your dog has been affected by the poison or not. Finally we remind you that, in any case, it will be very convenient visit the vet.

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  1. Before making a dog vomit
  2. How to make a dog vomit with salt
  3. How to make a dog vomit with hydrogen peroxide
  4. What else can we do?

Before making a dog vomit

If we suspect that our dog has ingested a toxic or harmful product, before making him vomit, we will eliminate the remains that have not yet been absorbed, cleaning the oral cavity with plenty of fresh and clean water. Although it is advisable not to handle it, it will be indicated to move it to another place if it is under the sun or near the product that it has ingested..

It will also be essential to highlight that we should never induce vomiting if we do not know the substance that has ingested. In any case, our recommendation is to call the vet before making him vomit so that he can tell us whether or not it is correct to use this first aid mechanism..

We will highlight some cases where a dog should not be vomited:

  1. If 2 hours or more have passed after ingestion of the toxic product. In this case the substance has probably already been assimilated by the body and is in the bloodstream.
  2. The ingested poison is derived from petroleum like gasoline or thinners.
  3. Ingested poison is a corrosive or irritant product such as acids, ammonia, quicklime, bleach, the contents of car batteries or a caustic product.
  4. If the dog is unconscious, have seizures, have breathing difficulties, or are unable to swallow.
  5. If the dog has ingested a sharp or large object, as it could tear, causing internal bleeding.

It is advisable to make a dog vomit if it has ingested NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen or ketoprofunen. It may also be necessary if you are poisoned by plants, including marijuana, or by methylxanthines.

Remember that making a dog vomit carries risks to its health, especially if the ingested product is unknown, so it is always advisable to listen to the expert's opinion before submitting it to this process.

How to make a dog vomit with salt

As we have explained, there are two ways to induce vomiting and we will begin by explaining how induce the dog to vomit with salt, the most used method in veterinary clinics and hospitals. For this we will need:

  • A glass of water
  • 1-3 teaspoons of salt
  • A syringe without a tip

Mix the water and salt well until a homogeneous solution is achieved and fill the syringe. Now you just have to open your dog's mouth and empty it quickly (so that it comes out with pressure) in the throat.

Wait a few 10 or 15 minutes while watching your dog. In principle you should witness discomfort, excessive salivation and an attempt to hide when trying to vomit, but if you do not have any of these symptoms repeat the procedure.

How to make a dog vomit with hydrogen peroxide

Another option to induce the dog to vomit is the use of diluted hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide, dioxogen or dioxidane). For make a dog vomit with hydrogen peroxide we will need:

  • A glass of water
  • An empty glass or container
  • Peroxide
  • A syringe without a tip

We will start by highlighting that they should be used 2 milliliters of hydrogen peroxide for every kilogram of the dog's weight, use the empty syringe to measure this amount. For example, a 10 kilogram dog will need 20 milliliters of hydrogen peroxide to vomit..

Now you must mix the dose of dioxidane with the same amount of water in the empty container. For example, if we need 20 milliliters of dioxidane we will add 20 milliliters of water.

Now we must mix well until we achieve a homogeneous solution and absorb it with the syringe. As in the previous case, it will be necessary to empty the content quickly into the dog's throat.

We will wait 10 minutes while we observe our dog, who should be nervous, salivating and wanting to expel, but if he cannot vomit, you can apply a second dose.

What else can we do?

There are some tools that can help us prevent the absorption of the poison:

  • Activated carbon: it is a very porous absorbent substance that helps to treat poisonings in medicine and veterinary medicine by preventing absorption. We must offer between 2 and 7 grams of this product per kilogram of the dog. Of course, an excess can cause serious damage to the body. Some products can be the Hodernal or the Duphalac.
  • Laxatives: they act by accelerating intestinal transit, so we will avoid the absorption of part of the poison. We can use sodium sulfate, such as Emportal powder, offering 1 gram for every kilogram of the dog's weight..
  • Enema: This process consists of introducing liquids into the rectum through the anus. Using a soapy solution we will make our dog evacuate more easily.

Remember that these are first aid tips that should only be used in case of emergency. If you suspect that your dog has been intoxicated, the first thing you should do is get contact your vet, to assure you if it is correct to carry them out with your dog or if it is preferable to opt for another procedure.

This article is merely informative, at we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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