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    Hi all

    I learned something new at the Vet's today.

    You can use a crystal of washing soda to make a dog throw up.

    It's a good idea to phone the vet first. And it doesn't work on all dogs. And not all dogs will eat it.

    The reason you phone the vet before making your dog throw up is to make sure that what she should not have eaten will not be worse returning than it was swallowed eg a skewer or fish hooks or other spikey bad things.

    Frosty likes strapping tape and today she ate a gladwrapped sandwich, at least I think it was a sandwich. I definitely saw the glad wrap around something white and the closer I got to Frosty the faster she ate it. I really need to make a better trade offer, I had the right thing, I just forgot I had it.

    Anyway the washing soda option is much nicer - for Frosty than the other option which involves quite a savage dose of what I call "The vomit injection" which requires an antidote injection after the unwanted stuff is upchucked.

    The main thing is that if you know your dog has swallowed something dangerous, and gladwrap can go straight through (I've seen that and I'd pay $50 to prevent it), or it can ball up and block the system. Same with strapping tape (which has yummy footballer juices on it) or other things.

    If you go to the vet immediately (within an hour) - they can get your dog to upchuck what it has just eaten. If you leave it till the next day or longer, it can mean very expensive surgery to get the blockage out of the gut, or worse. Or if you're lucky it all goes straight through with no nasty after effect on dog or wallet.

    The receptionist tried very hard to make me go away, but I wouldn't before she had discussed our case with a vet because the timeline is so important. Frosty is a regular with that vet practice but they were very busy tonight and it was really nice of them to squish me and Frosty in.

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    It's good to have a good Vet you can trust.. We have been with the same Vet now for over 20 years..
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    Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound which can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry.


    Never ever heard of that. I personally don't like the idea of giving my dog something like that. My vet told me about salt or hydrogen peroxide (3 %)

    The safest and most effective way to make your dog vomit is by forcing them to swallow 3% hydrogen peroxide. Never use the stronger hydrogen peroxide that is used for coloring hair as it is far stronger and will cause serious damage.

    The dose of 3% hydrogen peroxide is 1 teaspoon or 5 ml per 10 lbs of body weight. Give it, walk the dog around or massage their abdomen to mix it around in the belly and within 20 minutes, they should vomit. If they do not, it is safe to give them one more dose.

    Other emetics often suggested are syrup of ipecac, salt water or mustard seeds mixed with water. These are not as effective and can be dangerous. They should only be given if recommended by your veterinarian.

    Once the dog has vomited , make sure they do not eat it back down and, if a toxin is suspected, collect a sample for your vet.
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    I did have one vet (the anzac road emergency animal hospital) recommend forcefeeding the dog sea water to make her vomit. Unfortunately Frosty doesn't drink seawater (unlike some other dogs I used to know). It's good when we visit the beach but not so handy if we need an upchuck inducement.

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    I have used a strong salt water solution once when my Afghan ate snail bait and we were staying way out of town (long weekend too - typical!).

    It worked a treat - it's safe and you can't overdose, and you can pour it down their throat pretty easily. We had no symptoms at all - the whole lot came straight out.

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    Salt will certainly make a dog vomit and all households tend to have it, we have used it a few times many years ago when in the bush well away from any vet and dogs had eaten poisonous stuff (not corrosive poisons) it worked, if you get them in time you will save them, with plastic it will certainly save you time, just put a big handful of salt in a small amount of water and get it into the dog, a large syringe is best, but even pour it down as best you can out of whatever you can find to best fit into his mouth.

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