KNOW THE SUBSTANCE SWALLOWED!!
This is a very important distinction, as
caustic substances can NOT be treated by induced vomiting.
Instead, vomiting will cause internal tears in your dog's stomach
and his condition will rapidly worsen.
your dog has ingested a substance that you believe to be toxic,
your first step is to identify the substance in question. Once you
know what was ingested, call the
Animal Poison Control Center above. The helpful people on
this emergency line will be able to tell you if the substance is
caustic or not. (Note: A $50 fee may be applied in some
In many cases of poisoning, the immediate treatment is to induce
vomiting, but be sure to check with a medical counselor first!
Know the substance before you make your pet vomit
In ALL poisoning
cases, please seek veterinary care immediately!
If convulsions, seizures, shock or lethargy are
present as symptoms,
do NOT induce vomiting!!
In ALL poisoning cases, please seek veterinary care immediately!
Vomiting is only a temporary fix to give you enough time to get your
pet to a vet.
induce vomiting, give orally (by mouth)
ONE of the following:
Three percent hydrogen peroxide (not hair coloring
strength peroxide) is quite effective
in making dogs and cats vomit. You must be sure to
use three percent peroxide. Despite the label indicating
that hydrogen peroxide is toxic, it is safe to give
to dogs for this purpose. It is considered toxic
since it induces vomiting and therefore does not
stay in the body.
The appropriate dose of hydrogen peroxide is one
teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. If you have
an oral syringe, one teaspoon equals 5 cc or 5 ml.
Once given, walk your dog around or gently shake the
stomach area to mix the peroxide with the stomach
contents. Vomiting should occur within 15 to 20
minutes. If no vomiting occurs, you can safely
repeat the three percent hydrogen peroxide once. If
it is still not effective, your dog may need to be
seen by a veterinarian for stronger vomiting
Once the hydrogen peroxide is given, it is important
to watch your pet so that he does not re-ingest the
substance. If there is concern about toxicity,
collect and take a sample of the vomitus to your