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?