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How To Make A Dog Throw Up

By August 18, 2020Dogs

Disclaimer:  Please consult your local licensed veterinarian before following any advice from  Dogs are curious creatures that love to sniff, lick, and munch on the things they consider edible. However, sometimes dogs find their way to get into some foreign objects harmful and toxic to them. In this scenario, the first question, many dog owners ask is, “How to make a dog throw up?”

But first, let’s find out when and when NOT to induce vomiting in dogs.

When To Make a Dog Throw Up ASAP?

Do you know? Dogs unintentionally self poison themselves.

There is a multitude of things present in our home that may ignite excitement in dogs, and they, out of curiosity might try to explore them. Dogs can take poison in three ways:

  1. Through skin
  2. Inhaling
  3. Through mouth

And because of the dog’s intrusive nature, they are mostly poisoned through the mouth. Many vets recommend inducing dog vomiting in order to save their life.

However, there are instances when you should make your dog throw up ASAP.

If your dog ingests Antifreeze

As soon as winter arrives, the use of antifreeze increases, which means it gets exposure to your dogs. Mostly dogs sniff the antifreeze, and because it has a sweet scent, it is immediately attracted to the liquid and ultimately ingests it.

Many pets such as dogs and cats have reported ingesting antifreeze in large numbers because of its tasty taste and the delicious smell.

However, antifreeze is an extremely toxic liquid causing kidney failure in dogs. And if a dog is left untreated, it may eventually die.

When NOT To Make A Dog Throw Up?

Sometimes even when your dog has ingested toxic substances, it is never a good idea to induce vomiting because it can cause more suffering.

We never recommend inducing dog vomiting in the following scenarios:

  1. If your dog is old and weak
  2. Your dog is already regurgitating
  3. If they ingested corrosive chemicals such as bleach, drain cleaner. Because these chemicals can adversely affect the esophagus if you forcefully induce vomiting
  4. If they have inhaled hydrocarbons such as kerosene, gasoline

How To Make A Dog Throw Up?

Now that you know the safety precautions before making your dog throw up. Let’s get to the basics.

You can make a dog throw up in different ways. However, we recommend the following methods to make your dog throw up safely.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is the combination of Hydrogen and Oxygen that comes with several strengths. However, for inducing vomiting in dogs, it is recommended to use 3% of hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy. No more no less!

  1. Use one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for every 10 pounds of dog’s body weight
  2. You can mix it with anything that your dog loves such as ice cream or yogurt OR use a syringe to shoot it down your dog’s throat
  3. Take a stroll with your dog a bit to let hydrogen peroxide get into his system

After 15 minutes of ingestion, your dog should definitely throw up. However, if it doesn’t. Give another dose. But do not give a third dose because too much consumption of hydrogen peroxide results in uncontrollable, bloody vomiting that might be a matter of concern.

How To Make A Dog Throw Up Without Hydrogen Peroxide?

Sometimes dog owners are reluctant to make a dog throw up with hydrogen peroxide because of its highly reactive and unstable nature.

If you’re one of them, you can try the following method to induce vomiting in dogs.

1. With Salt

Yes, you can induce vomiting with salt. However, it would not be that easy!

Salt can be a substitute for hydrogen peroxide, but it may not always work. Sometimes, dogs don’t vomit even after consuming salt, and that’s when they could be at a risk for further complications.

To make a dog throw up with salt:

  1.  Tilt your dog’s head back
  2. Open its jaw
  3. Place 1/2 teaspoon of salt at the back of its tongue
  4. Let your dog swallow the salt

Vomiting should occur after a few minutes naturally. But if nothing happens, repeat the dosage and procedure and then take your dog to the veterinarian ASAP.

2. With IPECAC

Ipecac is a syrup used to induce vomiting in humans, but it is seldom used to assist dogs and cats.

However, there are a few things to consider before giving Ipecac to your canine friends.

  1. Your dog should not already be vomiting
  2. There should be no breathing issues
  3. No heart diseases

To induce vomiting in dogs, give them a single dose of 2-3 teaspoons of IPECAC and wait for about 15 minutes for the dog to show action.

How To Make A Dog Throw Up Chocolate?

Chocolate might be a treat for you, but for your fido, it is a poison that would eventually kill it.

Therefore, if you’re someone who hoards chocolate, keep them away from your dogs. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a heavy price!

Why is chocolate harmful to dogs?

The chocolate is made from cocoa beans that contain theobromine. Theobromine is healthy for humans but toxic for dogs affecting the nervous and circulatory system in dogs other domestic animals.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has ingested a fair amount of chocolate, it would show up these symptoms.

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Hyperactivity
  4. Increased heart rate
  5. Increased urination

Treatment for Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

You can treat chocolate poisoning in dogs by following the below method.

Inducing vomiting

One of the most effective methods for treating chocolate poisoning in dogs is by inducing vomiting.

For this, you can use hydrogen peroxide or salt or IPECAC syrup following the above methods until the dog throws up.

Give absorption agent

Making a dog throw up would mean nothing if the absorption of theobromine in a dog’s stomach is not reduced using any agent.

For this, administer activated charcoal and water mixture, once vomiting has been induced.

If your dog is less than 25 pounds, give it 1 teaspoon of the mixture, otherwise 2.


If your canine ingests anything toxic, always consult with your veterinarian before carrying out any procedures. However, if it’s an emergency, you can make your dog throw up using the methods discussed above.

We always recommend advising your vet, but it’s always a great idea to keep activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, and Ipecac handy, in case of an emergency.

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