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Dogs are affectionate and sweet but sometimes they cause us to be worried sick. They explore their surroundings via their mouths, meaning they ingest random things.
If the sweet-smelling cleaner appeals to your doggie, she will not hesitate but drink up.
The next time she will eat something she comes across in your fridge only to realize she has ingested a metal object along with the treat.
Although making a dog vomit is not recommended, from time to time it’s the only thing that can save your dog. This is true if the vet clinic is miles away and the dog needs first aid to expel whatever he’s swallowed.
Among the many things you can use to induce vomiting in your pet, baking soda is quite effective. It is also readily available in many homes.
Here’s a rundown of how to make a dog vomit with baking soda.
Why Baking Soda?
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a staple in many pantries. From cleaning to removing odors to baking, the leavening agent has multiple uses.
The chemical compound works excellently as a rising agent for biscuits, cakes, cookies, and other baked goods.
It is alkaline which means when it combines with an acid, it produces carbon dioxide gas.
The small CO2 bubbles are trapped in batter causing it to rise.
Common acids used in combination with baking soda include buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, cream of tartar, and yogurt.
It is the same principle that plays out when inducing vomiting in your dog with baking soda.
When your pooch takes a few sips of baking soda mixed with water, the alkaline compound will react with the acids in his stomach causing a buildup of CO2 gas.
As the gas buildup increases, the stomach will expand to a point that it will expel what is on the GI tract.
How to Induce Vomiting With Baking Soda
Now that you know why baking soda triggers vomiting, how do you use it on your dog? Check the guide below.
What You Need
- One teaspoon of food-grade baking soda
- One cup of water
- Towel to clean the vomit
Mix one cup of water and one teaspoon of baking soda.
The dosage depends on the size and breed of the dog but you can get away with one teaspoon of soda in one cup of water.
Mix the soda until well dissolved in the water.
Put on your gloves, grab your dog, and position him right.
You might need a second person to hold the dog as you feed the mixture to the dog.
Now, feed the baking soda solution to the dog sip by sip until the dog vomits.
Stay with the dog as he vomits: when the dog throws up, don’t leave his side just yet.
Stick around until he finishes his business. This helps him to calm down and hopefully get rid of whatever is stuck in her gut.
Once he is done vomiting, inspect if the vomit bears the object.
If not, you might want to go to the hospital for further assistance.
As a safety precaution, always go to the pet clinic after you induce vomiting just to check if your doggie is okay. The whole process can cause physical and emotional trauma.
Stop if nothing happens after one trial. Too much baking soda is toxic to your dog.
If he doesn’t vomit 20 minutes after giving the baking soda mixture, stop the exercise altogether and bring the dog to the vet.
Tips of Success
Before using baking soda to trigger vomiting in your dog, remember that not all situations warrant vomiting in the first place.
For one, only proceed if the pooch swallowed the harmful or toxic substance less than two hours ago.
If you go above the 2-hour mark, the object might have gone all the way to the small or large intestines.
Getting it back via the mouth will be a challenge. You can tell it’s been more than two hours if the dog shows symptoms of illness.
Additionally, do not attempt to trigger vomiting with baking soda if your dog has a history of seizures, breathing problems, stomach issues, and problems with the throat. Throwing up may cause severe symptoms.
Instead, rush the dog to the vet and let the professionals remove the items using other means.
Vomiting is also not recommended if the dog has taken the following types of objects.
- Corrosive Substances: These include concentrated toilet and oven cleaners, bleach, and a battery. Corrosive substances may burn the throat as they come back up doing more damage.
- Big or Sharp Objects: Similarly, a big object or one with sharp edges may cause physical trauma to the GI tract as it goes up. Others cause blockages if they lodge in certain pathways within the digestive tract.
- Petroleum-Based or Oily Substances: Liquefied petroleum gas, kerosene, petrol, diesel fuel, and butane are examples of petroleum-based products. If you induce vomiting, you risk inhalation which will cause lung problems.
A Word of Caution
While baking soda is fast and effective at getting a dog to vomit, you should exercise a lot of care when using it around pets.
The very thing that makes it an excellent rising agent is what can be deadly to a dog.
When you feed the baking soda to the dog, it will release gas and cause an expansion of the stomach.
Unfortunately, too much of it will release potentially harmful gases into the gut causing abnormalities in the electrolytes, muscle spasms, and congestive heart failure.
Some of the obvious signs of baking soda poisoning include tremors, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, shortness of breath, and disorientation.
According to Dog Food Scoop, baking soda is dangerous in large amounts. Your doggie must consume at least one teaspoon per pound of body weight for it to show mild toxicity.
Baking soda is a super beneficial thing at home.
Besides absorbing odors and causing batters to rise, it can also be used to induce vomiting in your dog.
As long as you use one teaspoon of food-grade baking soda in one cup of water, your dog will be fine.
It is certainly worth a try if your dog ingests a harmful or poisonous substance.