First all dog owners should know where their emergency vet is located. The last thing you want is to be looking for the place when your dog is ill, late at night, so be prepared and do a dry run during the day. It may save a life.
Second you need to be aware how to make a dog throw up if he or she does ingest something they should not. This can be anything from a sock to the following foods. Please call your vet or emergency vet clinic for advice on if inducing vomiting is a good idea based on the item and time.
Vomiting will not help in some situations and could harm him or her even more, please…
- Do not induce if the dog has already started vomiting.
- Do not induce if the dog has lost consciousness, has trouble breathing, or she has become too weak to stand.
- Do not induce if the dog has swallowed bleach, drain cleaner or a petroleum distillate product. These products will burn the esophagus and mouth parts again on the way up.
- Do not induce if the dog swallowed the material more than two hours ago because the item or substance has likely passed into the small intestine, at which point your dog can’t vomit it back up.
You can induce if…
· your vet has advised you to do it during your phone call
· your dog has ingested antifreeze (ethylene glycol) no more than two hours ago
That said, follow these steps to induce vomiting. I have seen video’s on the internet so watch one now to learn how, versus later when you are in a panic.
- Into a small bowl, glass or mug, pour some three percent hydrogen peroxide, the same item you have for a cut.
- Pour about 3 cc’s for every 20 pounds of your dog’s weight.
- Open her mouth slightly, tilting her head back, pour a steady stream of the hydrogen peroxide toward the back of her mouth, which will force her to swallow it.
- Wait ten minutes. If she hasn’t yet started to vomit, repeat steps 2 and 3.
- Call your vet immediately if she doesn’t vomit after the second dose.
Third, know what is toxic to your dog besides the obvious, antifreeze? Here is a partial list of those that will cause harm.
· Grapes, Raisins
· Candy, gum containing xylitol
· Castor Bean
· Cocoa powder, cooking chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate in order of most toxic
· Onions and garlic
· Macadamia nuts
· Pear pits, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pits (contain cyanogenic glycosides in cyanide poisoning)
· Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
· Rhubarb leaves
· Moldy/ spoiled foods
· Yeast dough
· Coffee grounds, beans and tea (caffeine)
· Hops (used in home brewing)
· Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
· Raw salmon
· Apple (stem and leaves)
· Yew (American, English, Western)
· Ficus(Cuban Laurel)
· Balsam Pear
· Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle-Leaf)
· Philodendron (Devil’s Ivy)
· Matrimony Vine
· Virginia Creeper
· Asparagus Fern
· Philodendron (Saddle Leaf, Split Leaf)
· Umbrella Plant
· Aloe Vera