If your puppy has ingested a substance that is potentially toxic, you may be advised by your veterinarian to induce vomiting. Hydrogen peroxide can usually be used to make dogs vomit safely at home, but it is important to know how much hydrogen peroxide and which method is safest for your puppy. This article will instruct you on how and when to use hydrogen peroxide in a safe and effective way to induce vomiting in a puppy.
A sick puppy can sometimes be helped by inducing vomiting at home.
- You can induce vomiting in a puppy at home. How to do it: Give your puppy 1-2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (3% strength) or 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 3 tablespoons of water. If your veterinarian has prescribed an anti-nausea medication, you may give this after inducing vomiting.
- When to do it: Usually, puppies vomit within 20 minutes after you give them the hydrogen peroxide or salt solution; however, if they don’t first try giving them more and then waiting another 15 minutes before repeating this technique again. If your puppy does not vomit within an hour, contact your veterinarian for further instructions on how to proceed with treatment for his illness or injury according to his condition (elevated temperature) and any other symptoms he may be exhibiting at the time such as pain from burns or wounds).
Find a safe place for your puppy to vomit.
If you’re going to induce vomiting, you’ll need to make sure that your puppy is in a safe place. The location should be quiet, away from any other animals or people. It’s also important that your puppy can breathe easily and isn’t too stressed or tired.
Keep yourself and your puppy calm.
- Keep yourself and your puppy calm. The goal of inducing vomiting is to get whatever is in the stomach out of it as soon as possible, so you want to take steps to make sure there’s no delay between eating or drinking something poisonous and getting sick. The longer it takes for your dog to become sick after ingesting something toxic, the more time there is for them to absorb that poison into their bloodstream—which means they could need medical attention sooner than expected.
- Don’t let your dog eat or drink anything until he has vomited up whatever was ingested. You can help prevent this by keeping him inside or away from other animals who may try to give him food or water during this time period.
Familiarize yourself with the right dose of hydrogen peroxide.
The dose of hydrogen peroxide varies by the size and weight of your puppy. Most vets recommend 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide for every 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight. If your puppy is still not vomiting after 15 minutes, you can repeat this process if he/she weighs less than 20 lbs, but no more than two teaspoons at a time should be given to a smaller puppy.
Prepare the hydrogen peroxide and get the required materials ready.
- First, prepare an empty bowl with a towel next to it for comfort.
- Then, pour enough hydrogen peroxide into the bowl so that it’s almost full (but not quite). You can use around 1-2 tablespoons of liquid peroxide if needed and then slowly add more as needed until you have enough liquid in your bowl to fill up at least half way with water. This is important because too much hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous for your dog! Be careful when using this method so that nothing goes wrong!
- Next, add four tablespoons of salt or baking soda (one tablespoon at a time) into your mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide until there’s no room left for any more ingredients without spilling!
Hold the puppy in a position that allows easy swallowing.
Hold the puppy firmly, but gently. Gently hold the puppy’s head with one hand and support its body with your other hand. Support the back of its neck with your fingers and thumb, not by pinching them together. If you use a towel to cradle their head, make sure it’s not too tight or loose; keep it straight up against their chin so they can breathe easily.
The puppy should be held upright so that their stomach contents don’t move back into their throat when vomiting begins. To keep them in this position, tilt their head back slightly by pushing gently on either side of their cheeks (be careful not to pinch any skin). This will help prevent a blocked airway if vomit gets into their nose or mouth during vomiting process
Give the puppy a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to swallow.
- Give the puppy a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to swallow. The exact amount will vary depending on the size of your puppy, but generally it’s safe to give no more than 1 teaspoon per pound (0.5 ml/kg) of body weight at a time.
- DO NOT give your puppy too much hydrogen peroxide at once! This can be very dangerous and even fatal for dogs.
- Don’t give too little, either! If you don’t see any results within 30 minutes, try again with slightly more hydrogen peroxide when you next feed your dog—but don’t give them any more than 2 teaspoons total at one time (1 tbsp).
If there is no vomiting, repeat, this time feeding more hydrogen peroxide.
If you still don’t see any vomiting after two doses, call a veterinarian.
If your puppy vomits after taking the hydrogen peroxide, but it is not occurring often enough to clear the stomach contents, you will need to repeat the process.