When Not To Make Your Dog Vomit

When our dogs eat something poisonous, we usually think that’s when to make them vomit. HOWEVER, this is NOT always the best thing to do. 

Your vet may induce vomiting, but it isn’t recommended in the following cases:

  • Corrosive/caustic substances like drain cleaning products: These can lead to severe oesophageal ulceration if your dog vomits it up again.
  • Petrol/hydrocarbon fuel: These oily substances have a high risk of being breathed in while vomiting; and can cause a severe aspiration pneumonia.
  • Sharp/pointed foreign bodies like bones: These can perforate through the stomach/oesophagus and lead to infection … or worse.
  • If your dog is depressed, sedated or comatose: Your dog may also breathe in the vomitus and develop aspiration pneumonia.

If you think your dog has eaten something toxic or dangerous, take him to the vet immediately. 

Your vet may decide not to induce vomiting but will still need to give your dog intensive and supportive care.

These types of intoxications can be deadly if not treated properly and promptly. Best course of action is ALWAYS to take your dog to your vet.


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