Inducing Vomiting in Dogs After Toxin Exposure

If your dog has just eaten something poisonous, it’s time to act fast. You should first call your vet, who may instruct you how to induce vomiting. However, if your vet is unavailable and you are able to reach the Pet Poison Helpline, they can also advise you on whether or not inducing vomiting is a good idea.

Some toxins can be serious or even fatal in a very small amount. The first step in treating a substance that might be poisonous is to induce vomiting, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. First, you must call your vet immediately and let them know what happened so they can decide the best course of action for your pet. Then, follow these steps:

Hydrogen Peroxide

If your dog has ingested a toxin, it’s important to induce vomiting as quickly as possible. If you don’t, the toxin can build up in the bloodstream and cause much more serious problems. There are many different ways to do this; if at all possible, you should ask your veterinarian which method is best for your situation. But if you’re unable or unwilling to go to a vet’s office (for instance, if you’re on vacation), some of these methods may be useful:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • Put 1 teaspoon of 3% peroxide in the dog’s mouth and wait 15 minutes for them to vomit
  • If they do not vomit within 15 minutes after putting hydrogen peroxide in their mouth, repeat with another dose of hydrogen peroxide again at 15 minute intervals until they do so

Syrup of Ipecac

Syrup of Ipecac is the most commonly used oral emetic. It is a solution that induces vomiting in dogs, cats and humans. Because it’s very safe and has no side effects when used properly, it’s often recommended for use with pets to get rid of toxins that have been ingested if they aren’t causing any symptoms (e.g., drooling, diarrhea) or if they are causing mild symptoms such as vomiting or lethargy.

Syrup of Ipecac should not be given to animals experiencing seizures or other serious clinical signs associated with ingestion of toxic substances because these symptoms can be reversed by successful induction of vomiting early on after exposure rather than waiting until later when more severe symptoms may occur like developing liver failure due to acetaminophen toxicity.

Mustard Solution

Mustard solution can be used to induce vomiting in dogs. Mustard powder is mixed with water, and the resulting mixture is given to your dog. Mustard solution is not recommended for cats, as it can cause serious harm or even death in cats.

You should give your dog small amounts of mustard solution every few minutes until he vomits. If you are using this method at home and don’t have access to a vet, call one immediately after giving your dog the first dose of the liquid; he may vomit on his own without any additional intervention from you and need medical attention anyway!

When dealing with toxins and poisoning, call your vet before you induce vomiting.

  • Do not induce vomiting if the animal is unconscious, has ingested a caustic substance or toxic substance.
  • Call your vet before inducing vomiting. Some toxins can cause serious complications when vomited up, including aspiration pneumonia and esophageal perforation. Some toxins damage the lining of the stomach and may be more harmful if vomited back into the body.
  • If you have any doubt about whether to induce vomiting or not, consult your veterinarian immediately.


The best advice is to call your vet before inducing vomiting, especially if you have not been given the go-ahead by a vet. It is always better to be safe than sorry. It’s also important to never induce vomiting in an unconscious pet; it could cause aspiration pneumonia. Always keep the number for a local veterinary clinic in an easily accessible place, and make sure all of your pets wear collars with identification tags that include your contact information.