How To Make Your Dog Throw Up

Jesse loves a good WET better than any dog I ever saw

Hydrogen peroxide.

I’d never heard of this “remedy” until my wife came home from a church meeting last week telling me the terrible tale (outcome then unknown) about Tsuga’s best and only playmate, 120# golden retriever, Jesse.

It seems his owner, our neighbor and friend, was on the phone when he heard a commotion in the other room. By the time he went to investigate, Jesse had eaten a lot of thyroid pills (and the bottle too, it turns out.)

The emergency clinic in Christiansburg (Town and Country, the same one where we rushed Tsuga to no avail, almost two months ago) instructed Jesse’s human to induce vomiting–by giving the dog a 3% dilution of hydrogen peroxide, just as the recent article at the link above describes. (You might want to bookmark this, pet owners, and local folks, and the ER vet phone is 540.382.5042.)

We heard nothing more about this potentially tragic “stupid dog trick” for more than a day. (Jesse is highly intelligent, but to butcher and old country song, “the Mouth Has a Mind of Its Own.”)

The H202 worked and the dog is fine. His owner, however, may need sedation and counseling. And a stainless steel medicine locker out in his shop.

My only puzzlement is this: how the heck do you “make” a dog drink hydrogen peroxide? Should one keep a turkey baster handy for just such a use? You can hide a pill in some peanut butter, but a liquid that MUST go down NOW?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I have thankfully never had to use hydrogen peroxide on any of my dogs, but have helped a friend induce vomiting after she accidently left her dog in the car with a new box of ThinMints. Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t really have a strong or offensive taste – it is easier to get it to go down than you think – we just measured, and used a spoon to pour the dose in – and the dog swallowed, all without much fuss (at least until all the ThinMints + packaging came back out.)

    Just as a note for clarity – the hydrogen peroxide you buy for first aid, in the brown bottles, is a 3% solution – you would use that straight and not dilute further. We keep several bottles on hand at all times for dietary indiscretion emergencies as well as for de-skunking purposes (unfortunately, we HAVE had to use it frequently for that.)

  2. Ha, Fred, that’s one helluva title for a post! I don’t have a dog and I doubt, even, that I have hydrogen peroxide in my linen closet, but I’m thinking I probably should.

    This story reminds me of Mary Cappello’s
    Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them. Yep, humans make stupid tricks, too. (It’s a fascinating read, really.) I wonder if there aren’t any veterinarians who specialize in extracting foreign objects from the interiors of dogs? 😉

  3. My dog once got hold of a bottle of sleeping pills. I am not sure how many she ingested. It was late at night. I was frantic and called a veterinary emgergency number I found on the internet. The upshot: soak pieces of dry bread in hydrogen peroxide and feed them to the dog. It was easy and it worked. Keeping hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom cabinet is a good idea. It comes in handy when you want to remove blood stains from clothes.