Inducing Vomiting in a Dog: Too Young For Pot—Cookie’s Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide

What to do when your dog eats something bad? Should you induce vomiting?

While making your dog throw up something that was not supposed to end up in their stomach seems like the right idea, it might not be. Inducing vomiting in your dog is a bad idea most of the time. You could cause further harm by doing that. Always consult with your veterinarian or Pet Poison Control first.

Inducing Vomiting in a Dog: Too Young For Pot—Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide

Cookie’s story

So they do come in threes …

Bad luck, medical problems, or both. In the short time, Cookie’s been with us, she already managed to have a sore foot, tried choking on a dental chew, and snacking on potentially dangerous stuff.

Our vet said this is how it goes with adopted dogs. They told me it’s the sign they belong with us. Of course, I could do with a different way of knowing, but I guess it is what it was.

I hope three would do it, and perhaps that could be it for a while.

But not until we got all three.

Cookie found her own snack outside

As we were going through the parking lot, guys were sniffing as usual, and then I noticed Cookie munching on something.

She didn’t know the Drop It yet, so I reached in an attempt to grab it out of her mouth. She was pretty good with that, letting me do it.

As I reached it, it was soft and gooey. That was all I could tell before it made its way down.

At first, I thought it was dog poop. However, when I retrieved my hand, it was not only soft and gooey but also brown. I was somewhat unimpressed by having that all over my hand, and I smelled it to confirm.

Not dog poop

It did not smell like poop. It did not smell much at all, perhaps with a touch of sweetness. A brownie?

Now I wished it WAS dog poop.

Given Cookie’s size, I didn’t really think that could have been enough chocolate in that bit to make her seriously ill. But, wanting to confirm, I contacted one of my veterinary friends.

Consulting with a veterinarian

She agreed that Cookie was not at risk of serious chocolate poisoning. However, what she asked next was even scarier.

“Is there any chance this was a pot brownie?” she asked.

Huh. That never even crossed my mind before.

I did not know whether it could have been a pot brownie. I didn’t even know for sure if it was a brownie or some other type of chocolate baked product. It was made of dough, and it was brown. That’s all I knew for sure.

Ours is a decent neighborhood, but with some recent tenants, police would show up now and then.

A pot brownie?

I did not think it was a pot brownie. But would I want to bet Cookie’s life on it?

After some deliberation and bargaining, it was decided. Cookie had to lose the snack. Because it was about an hour from ingestion, inducing vomiting was our best option.

Fortunately, our doggie first aid kit does contain 3% hydrogen peroxide. For Cookie’s size, the dose was 2 tbsp and 1 tsp.

Inducing vomiting

So we measured up the dose, grabbed a turkey baster, and squirted it into unimpressed Cookie’s mouth.

Then hubby walked around with her outside, hoping this would make her throw up within 15 minutes. If not, she would have to enjoy the experience one more time.

About eight minutes later, hubby came back with Cookie. She had thrown up and whatever might have been in her belly was now out.

After that, Cookie had to remain without food or water for about an hour and was given only small amounts of water and half of dinner later.

She had no ill effects from the adventure, and all was well.

Hopefully, being the third incident, that also concludes our series of health-related excitement for a while.

Related articles:
Dog Poisoning: Don’t Panic. Don’t Panic … Too Late—Our Call To Pet Poison Helpline

Further reading:
How to Make A Dog Throw Up Using Hydrogen Peroxide

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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