September 30, 2016

How To Help Your Sick Dog: Home Remedies For Vomiting Dogs

Home Remedies For Vomiting Dogs

When your dog is sick, it’s a serious situation. You want to help, but may not know how. I’m going to cut right to the chase and give you some home remedies for vomiting dogs.

Sometimes, you will get some warning from your dog that he is ill. This can include eating grass outside. Your dog may also act lethargic. Additionally, you may notice that your dog has gas. Finally, excessive drooling can signal stomach problems.

If your dog vomits, you should call your vet right away. Make a list of things your dog has eaten lately. Let your vet know all of this information and get their advice. There is no substitute for professional medical care.

If your vet is unavailable, you can try some home remedies for vomiting dogs. While all of these methods should be safe, home remedies are never as effective as vet care.​

What You Need To Know About Your Vomiting Dog​

What You Need To Know About Your Vomiting Dog

My main objective is for you and your dog to be safe. There are some occasions where you do not want to induce vomiting in your dog. Other times, it might just do the trick to help your dog evacuate its stomach.

Please remember that together with any home remedies for vomiting dogs, your dog must stay hydrated. Provide your dog with lots of water during treatment.​

There are some additional symptoms that you have to watch out for. I have a list for you right below. I wanted to cover that first, because you shouldn’t wait too long to seek help if your dog is dangerously ill. Time is of the essence.

When You Should See Your Vet

If your dog has any of the following symptoms in addition to vomiting, rush them to the vet at once:

  • Your dog is drooling.
  • You see blood in their vomit or stool.
  • Your pet is trembling or shaking together with his upset stomach.
  • You think your dog also seems depressed.
  • The dog is unconscious.
  • If your dog is vomiting because he has eaten a toxic substance such as drain cleaner, battery acid, or a petroleum based product.

Why Dogs Vomit

A breeder once told me that pets have symptoms for the same reasons we do. If you apply this logic to your dog, you will understand that your dog will get an upset stomach from time to time. This isn’t always serious, however.

If your dog has gastric irritation or colonic stimulus of some kind, their bodies will take over. They will vomit. If your dog only vomits once, there is probably no serious concern.

If your dog vomits repeatedly, however, this must be addressed. Your dog may have food poisoning, have eaten something toxic, or be suffering from some internal problem as well.​

My home remedies for vomiting dogs fall into two categories. The first category includes ways to make your dog vomit. The second category explains how to treat your dog while he is ill to offset complications from vomiting.

Home Remedies For Vomiting Dogs: How To Induce Vomiting​

Home Remedies For Vomiting Dogs: How To Induce Vomiting

Let’s review a few ways to help your dog expel his stomach contents.

1. Peroxide Treatment​

You’ll need a few common household items.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • One capsule of probiotics
  • Baking Soda, and
  • Warm water.

You also need a syringe, even though you may not have this on hand.

The simplest way to induce vomiting is to feed your dog 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Let me warn you, this will cause your dog to vomit several times. Your dog’s vomit in this circumstance will be foamy because of the peroxide.

You might need to administer this to your dog repeatedly. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes between each round of this treatment until your dog vomits.

After your dog has stopped vomiting, open the probiotic capsule and mix it with ½ a cup of warm water and also 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Next, fill the syringe. Administer this mixture to your dog by mouth.​

2. The Salt Treatment

Another easy way to treat your dog’s digestive problems when you need them to vomit is to use table salt.

This method isn’t an exact science. Your goal is to get a sprinkle of salt deep into your dog’s throat. The salt will make him vomit.

Then What?

If you haven’t already done so, call your vet and explain all of the details of the situation. Be sure to tell your vet that you induced vomiting. They will probably suggest that you bring your poor dog in for a checkup.

Home Remedies For Vomiting Dogs: Ways To Treat Vomiting

Now we’ll look at how to treat your vomiting dog. These methods are merely suggestions and must not be taken as a replacement for the crucial advice your vet can give you. Sick dogs need medical treatment and you are not experienced enough to treat your dog in your home all by yourself.

That being said, here are a few things you can do to help your dog.

1. Stop Feeding Your Dog

You don’t want to pile more food on the problem. Start a fast for your dog. Continue to provide plenty of water during the time you are not feeding him.

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2. Baking Soda Water

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a ½ cup of water. Then, feed this to your dog in tiny sips until the vomiting subsides.

3. Ginger Tea

You can also give some room temperature ginger tea to your dog to soothe his stomach.

4. Acidophilus Capsules

It’s a good idea to keep some acidophilus capsules around if you have pets. Mix a capsule with water and administer 1-2 tablespoons to small dogs and 2-4 tablespoons to large breeds. If you have live cultured yogurt or kefir on hand, you can substitute this for the acidophilus capsules.

5. Pepto-Bismol

Did you know that you can give your dog Pepto-Bismol? Yes, the same stomach aid that helps you might help them too!

You should never give pepto bismol to cats, however. This is only a treatment for dogs.

The dosage for this treatment is:​

  • ¼ tab for small dogs
  • ½ tab for medium size dogs
  • 1 tab for large dogs
  • 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your dog’s weight.

Pepto-Bismol is generally safe for dogs, but can cause some complications. The salicylates in the medicine can cause gastric bleeding so this treatment should be used sparingly and with caution.

Give your dog no more than one dose every 8 hours and for no longer than one full day. You can load the liquid medicine into a syringe and shoot it into your dog’s throat. Be gentle, however. Your dog is already not feeling well, after all.

If you have Pepto-Bismol in capsule form, you can give the dose any other way you would give your dog a pill. Your dog may not want to eat, however, so you may have to gently manhandle him to get the pill into his mouth.​

6. Recovery Diets

Once your dog is on the mend, food such as rice and pumpkin can help his stomach get back on track. Be sure both of these foods are cooked and feed in small amounts. You don’t want to tax their stomach with heavy foods, especially if you took my advice and made your dog fast while he was ill.

Keep Your Cool

When your dog is sick, the first thing you should do is try to remain calm. You have your vet to consult and also this list of tips and tricks to help. These home remedies for vomiting dogs are tools that you can use to feel less anxious because you know you have the skills to help your dog.

Additionally, I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow up with your vet during and after treatment.

I hope some of these remedies helped you! It is so important to me that you and your dog stay healthy and happy. I know that’s important to you, too.​

Keep Reading About Dog Health

If you’ve enjoyed this article and found it helpful, please share it with your friends. I’d also love to hear from you in the comments. You can tell me what you thought of this post and also give me suggestions on what to write about next.

If you have your own home remedies for vomiting dogs, feel free to tell all of us in the comments section, too!

If you’d like to read more about dog care and dog behavior, check out my recent articles about why dogs lick your face and everything you need to know about your dog’s pregnancy.

If you’d like to read more about dog care and dog behavior, check out my recent articles about why dogs lick your face and everything you need to know about your dog’s pregnancy.​


Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

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