How to Induce Vomiting for your Dog

Emesis is the act of vomiting and given the right conditions, it can be an effective technique to save a dog from ingesting certain foods that are toxic to it.

Vomiting is a possible option, if you dog ate some bad food such as:

  • Chocolate
  • Garlic or Onions
  • Raisins or Grapes

For other substances that are not food related, DO NOT induce vomit until you’ve called and consulted your veterinarian. Some household chemicals should not utilize vomiting due to risks such as burning on its way up.

Also, these conditions need to be meet before applying vomiting:

  • Dog ingested the food very recently (less than an hour ago)
  • No symptoms are showing yet
  • Your dog is healthy and acting normal
  • You dog does not have history of epilepsy or cardiovascular disease
  • You dog is not flat faced, where the vomit may block its breathing

 It is a good idea to call your veterinarian to explain the situation before moving forward with inducing vomiting.

Inducing vomiting

Closeup of a veterinarian giving some medicine to a dog using a syringe

What to use

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (Make sure it isn’t old where it loses it strength)
  • Oral syringe (no needle) or Turkey baster. You could even spoon it in to your dog’s mouth if you have two people and don’t mind the mess


  • If preferred and convenient find a clear area that can accommodate the mess and so you can watch over your dog
  • With the oral syringe, or turkey baster, through the dog’s mouth, administer 1 teaspoon (5ml) of hydrogen peroxide per approximately 5 lbs to 10 lbs of dog weight. Example: if you dog is 15lbs, administer somewhere between 1.5 to 3 teaspoons worth of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Now keep an eye on your dog.
  • If it does not vomit within 15min you can administer a little bit more, but no more if it doesn’t vomit later. Call a veterinarian instead.
  • Even after your dog vomits you need to keep an eye on your dog over the next few hours to ensure there are no symptoms of illness

Other alternative solutions and methods not recommended

  • Salt water
  • Mustard Seed
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Sticking finger down the dog’s throat










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