shutterstock_78489682Hydrogen peroxide has been used effectively for years to get dogs to vomit.

Please note: It can also cause severe side effects – even death. Often, however, the risk of the toxin is greater than the risk of the hydrogen peroxide and if the dog can not get to the hospital within an hour the use of hydrogen peroxide makes sense. We have safer ways of making dogs vomit at the hospital.

If we are recommending hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting please consider the following:

  • DO NOT USE IN CATS
  • Use within 2-3 hours of ingestion – it’s useless after that
  • Use 1ml/1lb (Note: 5ml=1 teaspoon & 15ml=1 tablespoon)
  • Repeat within 10 minutes if no vomiting occurs.
  • Do not give more than 2 times
  • Max dose (without DVM approval) 3 tablespoons (45ml=1.5 ounces)
  • Give a moist meal just prior to hydrogen peroxide to encourage vomiting
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be given with an equal portion of milk or ice cream to get dog to take it
  • Use 3% hydrogen peroxide or less
  • Make sure hydrogen peroxide is not expired
  • Encourage movement – walk, or play right after dose

Please call the hospital afterward to let us know how your dog is doing!