German Shepherds love to eat, and they would sometimes gobble up things they’re not supposed to, or worse: things that could harm them. This is why knowing how to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd can be very useful.
Even with all the precautions and dog-proofing, your German Shepherd can still pick up and ingest things that could potentially harm him. Cleaning products, medicines, pesticides, poisonous plants, and even foods such as grapes, chocolates, coffee, and “sugarless” foods can potentially poison or kill your German Shepherd. Depending on the amount, the item, and how long it was ingested, the first line of treatment that must be done is to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd. By inducing vomiting in your German Shepherd, you are taking the object or substance out of your German Shepherd’s body before it can cause intense damage.
Do not induce vomiting in your German Shepherd if you do not know what he or she has consumed. In some cases, making your German Shepherd vomit will only worsen the situation. You must call your veterinarian, the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-213-6680 or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 before trying to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd.
When not try to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd
Do not attempt to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd if the object he ingested is one of the following:
- Lime removal products,
- Oven or other appliances cleaners,
- Drain openers,
- Corrosive and other similar products,
- Motor Oil.
- Other petroleum and similar products.
Corrosive chemicals likedrain openers can damage your German Shepherd’s esophagus if vomiting is induced. Oily substances, on the other hand, can get inhaled into your German Shepherd’s lungs, which can cause severe aspiration pneumonia.
Do not induce vomiting in your German Shepherd if he or she is:
- Having seizures or convulsions,
- Has breathing problems,
- Has a slow heart rate,
- Is in shock,
- Or has eaten something pointy and sharp.
When to Induce Vomiting in your German Shepherd
You must first assess whether your German Shepherd needs to vomit or not. You may induce vomiting in your German Shepherd at home only in the following situations:
- If the food, object, or substance consumed was poisonous for your GS,
- If your GS ingested the item less than an hour ago,
- If your German Shepherd isn’t showing severe signs of poisoning yet,
- If your German Shepherd has no breathing or respiratory problems, etc.
Things You Will Need to Induce Vomiting in Dogs
To induce vomiting in your German Shepherd, you will need the following:
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide,
- Weighing scale,
- A large syringe without needle,
- Paper towels.
If your German Shepherd has not eaten within the last 2 hours, give him or her a small meal before inducing vomiting. To determine how much Hydrogen Peroxide you’ll have to give, you must know how much your German Shepherd weighs.
Generally,you can give 5 ml (or 1 teaspoon) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide per 10 pounds of your German Shepherd’s body weight using a syringe. However, you may only give 45 ml of hydrogen peroxide at max at a time.If your German Shepherd fails to vomit in 15 minutes, you may try again for one more time.
Notes Before Trying to Induce Vomiting in Your German Shepherd
Make sure that the concentration of the Hydrogen Peroxide you’re about to give your German Shepherd is 3% as there are different Hydrogen Peroxide concentrations available in the market. This product also flattens as it gets old so keeping an unopened bottle of one is a great idea. Take note of its expiration date too.
Trying to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd will most likely be messy so make sure you have paper towels with you. Also, it is ideal to induce vomiting in your German Shepherd in an area that is easy to clean.
My German Shepherd Vomited, Not What?
By vomiting, your German Shepherd is able to expel the harmful object or substance out of his system – or at least a part of it.This means your will still need to take your German Shepherd to the veterinarian. If you can, take a sample of the item/substance your German Shepherd ingested or a sample of the vomit. The vet should assess the amount of damage the substance or object has done to the body – if there is any. The vet may also give your German Shepherd activated charcoal depending on the substance he or she ingested. The activated charcoal help bind the toxin or residual poison in the substance ingested and flush it out of your German Shepherd’s body.