How to Make a Dog Throw Up

By: HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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How exactly do you make your dog throw up when you need to? Photographer, Basak Gurbuz Derma/Getty Images

As sad as it may seem, there are times when you must make your dog to throw up in order to save its life. If your dog has swallowed a foreign object, dangerous food or chemicals, you must make it throw up before the substance has time to be absorbed by its body. It is strongly recommended that you contact a vet before trying to induce vomiting by any of these methods [source: Ruben]. Read the tips listed below and learn about how to make a dog throw up.

  • Hydrogen peroxide Giving your dog 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is an effective and safe way to make it throw up whatever item it swallowed. Give one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for every 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of body weight. You can administer the hydrogen peroxide with an eyedropper or a syringe aimed to the back of your dog's throat. This method will take up to 20 minutes to take effect. If it doesn't work, you can give your dog hydrogen peroxide up to three times in a row [source: Dog Health Doc].
  • Syrup of ipecac Though syrup of ipecac may be effective in inducing vomiting in children, it may be toxic for your dog. Consult with a veterinarian to see if this method is acceptable for your pet [source: Ruben].

Be aware that there are times when you should not induce your dog to vomit whatever it is that it's ingested. Do not induce vomiting if:

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  • It swallowed a sharp object.
  • It swallowed acid, alkali, petroleum-based products or household cleaning products. In this case consult with a vet before inducing vomiting.
  • It swallowed something that clearly states not to induce vomiting on the label [source: Dog Health Doc].

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Dog Throwing Up FAQ

Why is my dog not digesting its food?
If your dog is continuously throwing up and is unable to digest its food, he is suffering from intestinal malabsorption. With this disease, a dog is unable to absorb the nutrients needed for its body.
What does it mean when your dog is getting diarrhea and throwing up?
Gastroenteritis is a disease that causes inflammation in a dog’s stomach and intestines. If your dog is getting diarrhea and throwing up continually, get medical assistance immediately.
What can you give a dog for throwing up?
If your dog is suffering from gastroenteritis, add bland foods to its diet, such as white fish, boiled chicken, sweet potato or white rice. As always, if your dog is throwing up, seek the advice of your veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.
When should you be concerned about a dog throwing up?
Continuous throwing up is a sign that your dog needs immediate medical attention.
How can I make my dog feel better after vomiting?
To make your dog feel better after it throws up, try to scoop it in your arms and gently rub its belly to provide it some comfort.

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