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Peroxide Could Save Your Dog's Life

Updated on March 15, 2011

First Things First

Please understand that the dogs in this story are not my dogs and the owner of the dogs takes good care of the dogs and these were isolated and unusual occurrences so don't flood my comment box and email trying to tell me how irresponsible the owner was in this story.

What Happened Yesterday

I learned something yesterday that could be handy to know if you're a dog owner.

There are some, and I stress some, instances when 3% hydrogen peroxide can be used on your dog to induce vomiting if they have swallowed a harmful substance such as rat poison.

Now, please understand that vomiting is not always the best option when some substances have been swallowed. I'm not going to go into which ones are or aren't because I'm not a veterinarian. Just beware that if you have a pet, you really should determine what you should do for your pet in these types of emergencies. Once you're in the emergency, you don't have time to do the research. The time to research it is now, before it happens.

I witnessed such an instance yesterday.

The dog had gotten into a house that had no pets and found some poison blocks put out for killing mice. Before she could be captured she had begun to munch on the block. We were able to retrieve most of the block from the dog's mouth, but were unable to determine how much it had ingested and since I had never had any experience with it, I didn't know what the owner's options were. To me, a trip to the vet was inevitable. However, the owner of the dog had experienced this same thing with another dog before. They had called their vet and were told to use household 3% hydrogen peroxide, so they knew this would work. I am happy to report that it worked well on this dog as well.

The Purpose of this Hub

The purpose of this hub is to stress the importance of knowing what your options are in a pet medical emergency before it happens. If you have a pet, start researching now what peroxide will help and what it won't. If something should happen, time is important. Make sure you also have your veterinarian's phone number handy as well. You won't have time to look it up later.

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      Paulart 6 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Great information on this hub. Very useful for pet owners.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      I agree - I'm finding that I need a lot of things - Valium might be at the top of the list - ha ha - he's only a puppy once though and then I'll be wailing that it is all over!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Akirchner, sounds like you'll be possibly needing some. You can never go wrong with having peroxide on hand. It has lots of uses even if Griffin settles down.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Yikes - since Griffin got away with a loaf of bread the other night, an English muffin the next day, a piece of pizza the next night and ran past me with an acorn squash in his mouth, I'd best stock up! Our problem is that at 7 months, he is gigantic and he is making his presence in the world known by chomping onto everything! Great hub...running to the store now. Audrey

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Susan. I don't mind you sharing my hubs at all!

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      susansisk 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for writing this. It was very informative. I have two dogs, and did not know about this.

      I mentioned one of your other hubs in my newest hub that is about hubs i have liked, and have inspired me. Hope that is OK.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I know what you mean rmcrayne. Call your vet and ask them if it's ok to do that in future situations. Could save you time and money.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Good to know. We have 2 rescue dogs at our house. One had been on her own for a while, and likely ate food wrappers etc when food could not be found. So she will still eat non-food stuff. There is only so much you can do to pet-proof your house. We have had her in to the 24-hour pet emergency clinic multiple times. They usually induce vomiting. Funny they never told us about this.

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Thanks for this great hub. I linked this hub to my hub on hydrogen peroxide. Fit perfectly in the information. Thanks! Man, you are PROLIFIC! Looking forward to reading lots more of your work.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Mulberry! Hopefully, you're right, being finicky could work!

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      Christine Mulberry 8 years ago

      Definitely good information. I have cats, who refuse to eat almost everything, so maybe I'm safe!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      $3000?! Wow! You MUST love that dog! Glad he's ok! You need to keep everything away from him, huh?

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      justin 8 years ago

      for eating ****

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      justin 8 years ago

      well thanks for the advice hopefully hes fine this bull terrier has cost me a fortune n its only bin a yr n hes already had surgery forbeating somthing n it cost me 3 thousand dollars -_- hey but hes like my son lol

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad to hear he's ok, Justin!

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      justin 8 years ago

      i called the aspca cus he is registered there n i spoke to sumone n dey said if hes still actin his normal behavior he should b fine bcus i shouldve saw sumthing wrong the next day n i also found a couple of parts of the glove in his poop

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      No Justin, I wouldn't think this would still work on gloves swallowed a day ago. If you're concerned about his health, I'd take him to the vet if I were you.

      The gloves are history.

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      justin 8 years ago

      will it still work if its a day later cus i gave my dog time to c if he would throw it up and he didnt he swallowed my pair of football gloves should it still work if its a day later ?

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      You didn't swallow a squeak toy again, did you Christoph?

      Seriously, my friend said her doctor told her about giving her child peroxide for inducing vomiting as well. I'd sure check with my doctor before doing it on a kid.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      The Mrs.used it on me once and I'm still here.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I hear ya, Candie! Which is one of the reasons I shared this info in case it could help someone else save their pet by saving time and money!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I'm just grateful the emerg vet had the sense to recommend something like this instead "get her in here immediately!"

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad it saved your poochie's life, Candie! The money saved is a big plus. It boils down to knowing what to do in an emergency.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Yes, Yes, Yes. My dog, when she was young ate a large bowl of slug bait. I called the emergency vet and that was their advice. So I forced her to drink about 2 tblspoons of it, and got her running, like the vet said.. and she did vomit it up.. OMG!! Saved her life, saved us a lot of money!! Thanks K!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks D Cortez, glad you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      D Cortez 8 years ago from California

      That was a very helpful hub, KCC. I have a young dog and it's good to know these things, just in case.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you ljrc1961!

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      Laura Cole 8 years ago from Michigan

      good info

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Interesting dog, AsherKade! LOL Do they poop out the toys?

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      AsherKade 8 years ago from Texas

      lol, I have an onry bassett hound who will eat ANYTHING including cat poop and shoes and baby toys! I'm glad to know this because she will never be too old to stop eating crazy stuff!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Good idea Ethel! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I shall check this out thanks, just in case I ever need to use it.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree, Emohealer! I hope to never have to use it either!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Good information. Add it to the list of the many uses for peroxide, hope I never need to use it however.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks alexadry! It can certainly make a difference in a few dog's lives.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      i worked for a vets and it was a life saver. I always keep it on hand and have used it often when my dogs were puppies.

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