Before you learn how to make your dog throw up it would be good to learn why this happens so it doesn’t catch you off guard. You could someday be in a situation where knowing something like this may come in handy and could even save the life of your furry companion.

What causes a dog to vomit?

We know this topic can make some pet owners squeamish or uncomfortable. There are multiple reasons as to why a dog could vomit. Most of them are harmless but man’s best friend can’t speak unlike us humans, so as responsible pet owners knowing how to make your dog throw up accompanied by what it could mean and what to look out for is a good idea.

Signs You should look out for

Most of the time when a dog vomits it's nothing serious and it can be caused by multiple reasons such as motion sickness, eating trash, eating too much grass, eating something they're allergic to and many more. But if your dog throws up often it may be a sign of something more serious and it might be a good idea to consult with a vet.

What different types of vomit mean

  • If your pooch is throwing up water it might be that they were having too much fun running around or simply drank water too fast.
  • If your dog’s throw up is yellow, that is their bile. This is quite common when dog’s haven't had something to eat for a long period of time, like for example in the morning before they have had breakfast. But if this is a common occurrence it wouldn’t hurt to visit a vet.
  • If you happen to see your dog vomiting white foam this could be a sign of parvovirus, rabies, poisoning and a variety of more severe conditions. Seek medical attention immediately.

Senior dogs

In senior dogs vomiting can make any dog owner very worried. If you are the owner of a senior dog you must know that being up to date about their state of health is a must, so if your dog is throwing up on a regular basis and it didn’t use to do it before although rare it may be caused by Addison’s disease. This ailment causes the endocrine system to not produce enough hormones for their bodies to function correctly.Other than vomiting your dog can have other symptoms such as lethargy, weakness in the muscles, low heart rate and low body temperature.

What you should take into consideration before making your dog throw up

If your dog happens to be the curious type then they may have a habit of eating anything they find on the floor, this causes all dog owners alike headaches. Sometimes your dog may be able to throw up whatever it has ingested by itself but in other cases that may not be the case, and when this happens we need to act fast.

We have to take into account a variety of possibilities before inducing our dog to throw up, such as:

  • What did our pooch ingest?
  • How much time has passed since it’s been ingested?
  • What kind of substance was ingested?

When not to make your dog throw up

There are times when making your dog throw up could make the problem worse and cause more harm than good. Here’s some of the things you should keep in mind before inducing your dog to vomit.

  • When the dog starts vomiting voluntarily.
  • If it has ingested a big or sharp object.
  • If you can not determine the source or chemical your dog has ingested.
  • Keep these signs in mind: if your dog is convulsing, is lethargic, is hyperventilating or is unconscious.

How to make your dog throw up

To start off it would be wise to try to identify what kind of substance your dog ingested and how much. It’s in your pets best interest to not make him throw up, only under some circumstances like intoxication from pharmaceuticals, chemical products and intoxicacion from ingesting plants.

It’s best to induce vomiting in your dog if the time of ingesting hasn't passed the 1 to 2 hour mark. On the other hand, inducing vomiting in your dog when it doesn’t present physical signs of distress and is still conscious.

Home remedies to make your dog throw up

Some of the most common ones are utilizing hydrogen peroxide, common table salt, mustard seeds and baking soda.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide: It must be a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution, higher concentrations can be highly toxic for your dog. The recommended dose is 1 tablespoon per every five lbs with the maximum being 3 tablespoons for dogs that weigh more than 45 lbs.
  • Salt: In a glass of water dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt and proceed to give it to your dog with the help of a syringe. (This method could be a risk for your dog's health because of the amount of salt it has to ingest.)
  • Mustard Seeds: Mix a tablespoon of mustard seeds in cold water and make your dog drink it, under no circumstance are you to leave your dog alone. Stay with your pet to keep them calm throughout the process.
  • Baking Soda: This method is much faster than salt and much safer. You only need one tablespoon for half a cup of water, make your dog sip this little by little until none is left.

All of the methods above are to be used in case of emergency and you should take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible to ensure that whatever substance that they may have ingested is fully out of their system and that there aren't any other potential risks.

All in a day's work for a good owner

Once this whole ordeal is over with and your dog is fully recovered, you may want to comfort your dog with treats, love and care, maybe even share your experience with other caring dog owners.