How To Make Your Pet Vomit

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A few months ago I had an incident with my shepherd Zoey that involved her eating something she was not supposed to have eaten. I’ll spare you the details on what exactly it was that she scarfed down, only because we’re not BFF’s yet and this would definitely be TMI, but it was something that if left unattended would cause her to get ill or at the very least uncomfortable.

I freaked out for the first few minutes not believing that this dog had gotten in the trash made a big mess and then eaten this thing! My husband and I were gone for about 2 hours or so and I was debating whether or not I should induce vomiting or let it pass. It wasn’t a toxin or poison of any kind so I wasn’t worried about her dying on me but I was concerned about the fact that she’d have this thing floating around her GI tract and worried that it may get lodged somewhere and make things worse. (I had a client whose dog got a piece of a rawhide lodged in his GI tract and had to spend $1500 on surgery to get it removed!)

In the end I decided I would make her throw up and headed to my kitchen to find some hydrogen peroxide. I’ve used this technique several times for pets who just love eating things they shouldn’t, I call these guys my scavengers. They act like they don’t get fed at home and hunt for food on the street and inhale it before you get a chance to yell no!

Sound like someone you know?

What You’ll Need

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (usually the kind found at pharmacies)
  • Syringe
  • Your scavenger

What To Do

  • Using your syringe measure out the correct dosage for your pet. Dosage: 5cc’s (mls) / 10 lbs. So in the case of Zoey I would give her 30cc’s because she weighs 60 lbs. If you have a dog that is in between, weighing in at 54 or 57 lbs, then you can round up.
  • Once you’ve got your dose set up you can pour it down the hatch! I like to place the syringe in between Zoey’s premolar and molars as there’s a nice gap in between the teeth. This method is also pretty useful if you have a dog that won’t let you easily open their mouth.
  • Wait a few minutes (15 or so) to let it settle and then go for a walk! Nothing too strenuous just something to get the peroxide sloshing around.

I hadn’t made it to the corner of our block before Zoey started pulling over onto the grass to start dry heaving! After a few minutes she’d thrown up the thing she’d eaten along with that days breakfast… bummer. I dug around in the vomit for a few minutes just to be sure that the whole thing came up before I called it a day.

When To Go To The Vet

Hopefully if your dog (or cat) ever eats anything they aren’t suppose to you’re able to resolve the problem pretty quickly but in the event that they don’t throw up after the first or second dose then you’ll want to take them to your vet. Veterinarians have more powerful medications at hand that they can use to help induce vomiting in both dogs and cats.

If you aren’t sure what your pet ate and see them acting out of the norm you then you should definitely take them in, just to be safe.

 Happy scavenging! 

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Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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  • jana rade

    I think it’s important to point out that NOT ALL things are safe coming back out. Some might cause further mechanical or chemical damage on their way out. The best policy is to always verify with a vet whether or not inducing vomiting is a good idea in each particular case.

  • April

    Thanks for sharing Lori, I will need to remember this.

    Thankfully, Bain is not a scavenger, but I know my friend’s dogs that are. Recently the one she is dog sitting (lab mix) for her husband’s parents ate it’s entire leash except for the clip. The vet found out it was in two pieces, and thankfully they were able to get it out with the scope. $1700, yikes.

    The shepherd mix she owns likes to take off her socks, but she later found out he was eating them. The whole sock was found in the waste outside.

    I prepared myself to have a big chewer, and although Bain does have a strong fascination with shoes, he doesn’t destroy / eat anything. *knock on wood*

    – @bcgogodogo 🙂

  • snapperman

    “5cc’s (mls) / lb. So in the case of Zoey I would give her 30cc’s because she weighs 60 lbs “-

    What am I missing? 5cc’s per pound would be 300 cc’s. Should it read 5 cc’s for every 10 pounds? Is the formula more complicated?

    • Yes! 5cc’s/10lbs, can’t believe I left that out! Sorry about that 🙂 thanks for mentioning it!

  • Thanks for sharing! I’ve never had to try that before, but now I know just in case 🙂

    • Hopefully you never have to! It’s pretty disgusting at least in my case it was =X