IN CASES OF ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY ONLY
If you’re nowhere near a vet and you know that your dog has eaten something dangerous which needs to come out ASAP, there are some ways that you can induce vomiting at home.
But PLEASE take note that this is not the ideal solution and is a last resort when you absolutely can’t get to a vet.
METHOD #1: Ball of Washing Powder
Take a handful of washing powder and wet it enough to make a ball about the size of a 5 Rand coin.
You will need to force your dog to eat this, and it won’t be easy. If you can manage, your dog will start to vomit up whatever is in his stomach after a few minutes.
There is a risk that your dog could aspirate (breathe in) the powder or foam which may cause a pneumonia, so don’t do this unless absolutely necessary.
METHOD #2 :Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Solution
Another method used for dogs is by dosing them with hydrogen peroxide, BUT there are more risks associated with this than the washing powder ball.
DO NOT use the 30% solution that you use to bleach your hair. It must be the 3% solution which is much weaker.
Squirt some into your dog’s mouth. Once it’s swallowed it will irritate the stomach which in turn causes vomiting.
Like the washing powder ball, hydrogen peroxide also has a risk of being breathed in.
If you have to make your dog throw up I would recommend using the washing powder method rather than peroxide as many dogs develop painful ulcers in the mouth from ingesting peroxide.
When it comes to cats there is really no safe method of inducing vomiting so you will need to get your kitty to the vet for treatment in any case of intoxication. Fortunately most cats aren’t as enthusiastic about eating strange things so it’s not a common problem.
Whether it is superior intelligence or just plain fussiness, I can’t say…
When Not to Make Your Dog Vomit
Even though the first thing we usually think of to do when our dogs eat something poisonous is to make them vomit, 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 or hydrocarbon fuel: These oily substances have a high risk of being breathed in while vomiting and can cause a severe aspiration pneumonia
- Sharp or pointed foreign bodies like bones: These can perforate through the stomach or 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.