As responsible pet owners, we only hope the day will never come where our beloved dog gets into something potentially hazardous or toxic. Nonetheless, given dogs are notorious for eating just about everything we don’t want them to, the need to induce vomiting in your dog may occur.
1) Contact a veterinarian right away. The veterinarian will be able to further instruct you, based on the individual circumstance. While inducing vomiting can save your dog’s life, it can also make matters much worse depending on what your dog has ingested and how long it has been since they have eaten it. According to Dr. Jennifer Coates, inducing vomiting two or more hours after the substance has been eaten, or in cases where the ingested substance was petroleum based or potentially caustic, will considerably worsen the situation. That is why it is important to first call a veterinarian or animal poison control center to seek further assistance.
2) Only induce vomiting when toxins such as chocolate or pharmaceuticals have been consumed. Never induce vomiting in a dog that has eaten solid items such as tinfoil, tinsel, bone shards, etc. For this, take the dog to the vet immediately, as surgery will need to be performed to remove the foreign objects. Inducing vomiting in such instances will only make matters worse, by increasing the chance organ puncture.
3) Once you have successfully determined that inducing vomiting is the best option, here is what you need to do. The only items you will need are hydrogen peroxide and a turkey baster works as well. Measure out one milliliter of hydrogen peroxide for every pound, up to 45 milliliters maximum. Put the hydrogen peroxide into the turkey baster.
You will likely need a second person to hold your dog for you, while you force feed it the hydrogen peroxide. Your dog is likely to put up a fight, and it will be difficult to administer on your own. Have your friend hold your dog with one arm firmly around the dogs’ waist, and the other arm positioned around the head in a firm headlock so that the dog cannot move its head.
Then, tilt the dog’s head back and open its’ jaw. Push the turkey baster to the far back of its mouth and release all of the liquid at once. Then pull the turkey baster out and clamp your dog’s jaw shut with your hands, until you are certain they swallowed the liquid. The vomiting should occur no more than 15 minutes after swallowing the hydrogen peroxide. If the dog hasn’t vomited in that time, call your veterinarian immediately for further instructions.
Pet Health Network: Inducing Vomiting in Your Dog: Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DAVCECC, DABT
Pet MD: How to Make a Dog Vomit: Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM