In a Pinch: How You Can Help Your Dog Throw Up


When it comes to emergencies that involve your dog, it often pays to be aware of certain things that you can do to help. In today’s case, we’re talking about inducing vomit or getting your dog to throw up when it counts.

While dogs can be trained, it’s not like they are fully capable of being able to tell if something is good or bad for them—especially when it comes to eating things. There is a pretty long laundry list of what dogs must not eat. However, it’s not like a dog will be able to vocalize that they’ve ingested something that was bad for them. In a lot of cases, it’s only when they start to show physical signs of distress that you can infer that they ate something bad.

In which case, getting them to throw up just might save their life. You just need to know how to do it.

Before You Get Them to Throw Up

Of course, it is important to be smart about this. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get your dog to throw up:

Ascertain Cause

Often, it is easy to determine what the dog may have ingested. It is something that they may be playing with beforehand. If it’s something soft, getting them to throw up shouldn’t be much of an issue. If it’s something that a bit harder like bones or a treat, you may want to think twice as it may end up damaging your dog’s throat.

If you’re not quite sure of what it is they ingest, it’s best to be on the safe side.

Call an Emergency Vet or Poison Control

There are usually organizations which spearhead certain operations like animal control or animal poisoning. Try to learn the number of the one that’s nearest you and keep it in your emergency contacts. This way they can help you ascertain the signs and talk you through if it would be viable for you to get the dog to throw up. Don’t hesitate to contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if you’re not sure about to go about treating your pets.

Helping Them Throw Up

When it comes to getting your dog to throw up, the use of Hydrogen Peroxide is often included. This may be a little tricky as using too much of it can be quite harmful to the animal. You can either:

  • Administer the dose yourself
  • Have their vet administer the dose

There are pros and cons to either and should be considered carefully—especially when their health and wellbeing is at stake. Having professional help is always important to help relieve any stress from the situation. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. How else can you get your dog to throw up?

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