How to make your dog throw up

How to make your dog throw up

If your Morkie has eaten something poisonous, you’ll want to know how to make your dog vomit, and you’ll also want to know the common dog poisoning symptoms so you can take care of him right away.

Depending on the poison, you have very little time before the toxins takes hold. So if you think your Morkie has been poisoned by something he ate, the first rule is ACT FAST — without panicking.

Act fast but don’t panic

Contact your Vet

Don’t waste time on google – get on the phone.

What are typical dog poisoning symptoms?

Common poison symptoms in dogs include staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature – in an otherwise healthy dog.

Immediate symptoms: heavy duty vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

Your Morkie’s reaction is usually linked to the type of poison.

Symptoms of Dog Poisoning

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • seizures
  • staggering
  • sudden collapse
  • sudden and intense drooling
  • shaking
  • convulsions
  • a spike in temperature

Bottom Line

If there is any possibility that your Morkie came into contact with poison, call your Vet at once. Don’t wait for symptoms; they could be delayed a day or two and by then, it may be too late.

Your Vet will confirm if you should get your dog to throw up. In some cases, this could cause more harm than good.

If you can’t raise your Vet, call the nearest emergency pet clinic.

 

Ask if you should get your Morkie to throw up.

 

Be prepared to get to that clinic at once.

WHEN to make your dog throw up

DO NOT MAKE YOUR MORKIE VOMIT IF – 

  • your dog is unconscious or is having trouble breathing
  • he is exhibiting signs of serious distress or shock
  • you suspect he ingested corrosives or caustic — which include:
    • strong acids, drain cleaner, bleach, dishwashing machine powder, rat and rodent poison, antifreeze, perfume, mouthwash, or anything made from petroleum products — paint thinner, paint.

DO MAKE YOUR MORKIE VOMIT IF – 

  • he is showing signs of being poisoned, such as staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature
  • AND you know he did not eat something corrosive or caustic.
    • Caustic things include the things just listed, such as strong acids, drain cleaner or rat poison.

HOW to make your dog throw pup

Don’t wait until the panic of the moment is upon you; prepare a dog poisoning kit now and it just might save your Morkie’s life down the road.

Be prepared by assembling the following:

  • a fresh bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, available at any drugstore
  • measuring spoons
  • a small bowl for mixing
  • a turkey baster or an eyedropper
  • these instructions printed out
  • your Veterinarian’s name and phone number
  • the number for your local animal poison control centre, also printed out

Also keep a small bottle of olive oil in the kit, to give in case your dog has swallowed something corrosive

Let everyone in the family know where this kit is, and if you take your dog away with you on vacation or to the cottage, make up a second kit or be sure to take one from home. And remember, prevention is many times more effective – and easier – than treatment!

2 More Things to Keep On Hand

These two products help absorb toxins in your Morkie’s stomach and digestive system, incase he can’t or won’t throw up — and until you get to the Veterinarian for emergency help.

ENDOSORB

Endosorb is another product you can use to help your Morkie with extreme diarrhea.

It absorbs toxins in the stomach and intestines and is used to treat diarrhea. It works by binding large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water.

It is available in tablets or a suspension (liquid). The active ingredient in Endosorb is activated attapulgite, which is thought to absorb toxins in the gut to reduce the irritation, discomfort, and cramping associated with diarrhea in dogs and cats.

You can buy Endosorb a capsule at a time from VETDirectRX for 40 cents a pill, or get 50 treatments from Amazon.

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal is another product to use in the ultimate emergency. It reduces toxic effects through absorption as well, especially when time is critical. Activated charcoal has been around for thousands of years and is used in nearly every culture too right poisoning, among other uses.

Available in powder or tablet form, brand names include Toxin, CharcoAid and Liqui-Charcoal-Vet Aqueous suspension.

Pick one that is certified food grade, all natural and and sourced from Eastern American hardwood trees (not bamboo). Amazon offers one product:

 

BE PREPARED

Boy Scouts symbol: be prepared

The best way to prepare for dog poisoning?

Prevent dog poisoning.
Keep dangerous materials, medications, chemicals, household cleaners and anything that can be poisonous, out of your Morkie’s reach.

 

Next, prepare a poisoning kit. You can download the details here. That way you’ll be ready in case you need to get your dog to vomit.

 

Third, download and fill out this handy reference page, featuring symptoms of dog poisoning along with your Vet’s number and telephone numbers for local emergency clinics, and national hotlines for pet poisoning. Keep this handy, together with the poisoning kit, and keep your Morkie safe.




What is chelated silver for dogs?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; it’s strong enough to fight pathogens, germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

“Silver: The Mightiest Germ Fighter!”

– Science Digest, 1978

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; plus, it’s strong enough kill off germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!

 

chelated silver as a medical treatment

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Medical research has shown that “silver promotes rapid healing”

 

Chelated silver, as opposed to just plain silver, means that submicroscopic silver particles are suspended in a liquid base. Because the silver particles are so tiny, they can penetrate cells and kill pathogens.

In fact, these particles are small enough to destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

It is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even when they’ve become resistant to antibiotics.

It looks like that there are no pathogens, germs, fungus or bacteria that can develop resistance to this miraculous silver solution.

history-of-medical-uses-of-silver

Silver was used by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. They didn’t understand it, but Ancient Greeks and Egyptians knew that silver had amazing powers to heal. It was one of the original medical treatments that actually worked.

More than two thousand years later, silver ion is still used as a highly valued healing treatment.

 

It is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that has been touted as treating and preventing an assortment of conditions in both humans and animals.

Research proves it

In 1978, Science Digest reported the results of extensive research and clinical studies into the uses of silver. These studies proved that silver is a potent killer of 650 live tested organisms.

More research, this time performed at UCLA Medical Labs, verified these findings, and supported just how effective silver is against a variety of live viruses.

Where to buy Chelated Silver Pet Spray

Can dogs eat cat food?

Can dogs eat cat food?

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he LOVES cat food. But why? Novelty is one appeal of the cat’s dinner. Plus it smells different and has a much stronger, meatier taste. That’s because cat food has a much higher level of protein than dog food. It won’t hurt your dog to have the occasional bowl of cat food, but cats and dogs should stick to their own specialized meals.

Cat food versus dog food

What’s the difference?

Cats are obligate carnivores

That means they MUST have a lot of protein, in the form of meat.

Can cats eat dog food?

Cat food has high protein levels that they need

  • cats need a lot of meat protein; more than a dog and don’t tolerate the starchy ingredients in most dog food (wheat, ground corn, etc.)
  • their teeth aren’t suited to grinding, like a dog’s or a human’s
  • cat food contains vitamin A and taurine, two nutrients cats need to live healthy, happy lives
  • taurine is an amino acid which is necessary for cats for proper bile formation, eye health, and functioning of the heart muscle
  • dog food is also missing arachidonic acid  – this is one of the essential fatty acids cats need. Dogs need it too, but to put it simplistically, dogs can manufacture arachidonic acid.
  • cats also need higher levels of niacin, a B vitamin, in their food

Dogs are omnivores

That means they can get nutrition from more than just meat.

Can dogs eat cat food?

Dogs thrive on more variety in their food

  • dogs need a diet with more fiber than a strictly carnivorous diet (cat food) can provide
  • the level of protein in dog food is tempered with starch fillers, such as grains, ground corn, or produce like peas
  • over time, too high a concentration of protein, like what’s found in cat food, can cause serious health problems for dogs because all that protein puts a heavy load on internal organs like the kidneys, liver and pancreas
  • protein-dense cat food can cause stomach upset in your Morkie, although most dogs seem to get away with the occasional “treat” of stolen cat food without huge consequences
  • more on Small Dog Breed Food

Can dogs eat cat food? Can CATS each DOG food?

can dogs eat cat food or is it bad?

The downside of dog food for cats

Cats who exist on dog food will be seriously shortchanged when it comes to nutrition. Over time, their health will deteriorate quite drastically.   While dogs who eat too much cat food might get an upset stomach — and in extreme cases they could develop pancreatitis — it’s much more serious for cats to subsist on dog food.

The downside of cat food for dogs

Obviously cat food isn’t made for dogs. It doesn’t have the wider variety of ingredients, and more importantly it is too protein-dense. That can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. But all those symptoms will disappear fairly quickly. The more serious problem with cat food for dogs is, it could cause pancreatitis which is life-threatening. Symptoms of pancreatitis include:

Weakness; Lethargy; Appetite loss; Vomiting; Distended abdomen; Diarrhea; Fever




People meds for dogs with diarrhea

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

If your Morkie has mild diarrhea lasting a day or two, or has an upset stomach, you CAN give him Pepto-Bismol as a good dog diarrhea treatment. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says Pepto-Bismol for dog diarrhea is safe, and it’s just one of our own products that is a safe diarrhea medication for dogs.

Indigestion, gas, occasional constipation, diarrhea… or as that song-you-can’t-get-out-of-your-brain says –

 

Simple dog diarrhea treatment*

Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD and Kaopectate are 3 of our medications that work well as dog diarrhea treatment. Given carefully, they can provide relief to your Morkie who is suffering from temporary diarrhea or upset stomach .

These 3 over-the-counter medications can be given to your Morkie to treat diarrhea or upset stomach:

medicine syringe for dogs

Special needle-less syringe to measure and give  medicine to babies and dogs; you can buy these at any drugstore.

1. Pepto-Bismol for dogs

  • this popular drug is bismuth subsalicylate and most Vets consider it safe (although don’t substitute no-name brands; they’re not all the same)
  • Dosage:  1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours — so most morkies would get about 1/2 teaspoon
  • use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give to your dog – open his mouth, place the syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to make sure he swallows it
  • Not for: dogs with bleeding disorders; dogs who are pregnant or nursing; dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx
  • Danger: toxic for cats

 

2. Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) usage for dogs

  • Imodium AD works by reducing the intestinal muscular spasms and secretions that cause diarrhea in dogs.
  • Remember it quiets the symptoms but does nothing to help the cause of diarrhea
  • Dosage: you can use caplets for big dogs, but smaller breeds need the liquid form (I use an eyedropper to give the medicine, slipping it between the dog’s gums and mouth).  0.1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight, every 8 hours. Do not overdose.
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

3. Kaopectate usage for dogs

  • Uses: For diarrhea
  • Dosage: 1ml per pound, every 2 hours
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

 

* My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.

QUICK TIP: HAVE THE MEDICINE ON HAND, LABELLED AND READY TO GO

 

TIP FOR PEPTO BISMOL FOR DOGS

I keep a small bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand in my dogs’ first aid kit, with the dosage already printed  on a label. (Check expiry dates for these and all meds from time to time.)

Pepto Bismol is a handy and safe diarrhea medication for dogs

If your Morkie’s diarrhea last more than a day or two, or if he seems in pain or also vomiting, contact your Veterinarian right away.

The AKC has a free booklet you can download called Emergency First Aid for Dogs. Good info to know.

PEPTOBISMOL is a trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.

Imodium A-D is a registered trademark of Janssen/McNeil Consumer Products.

KAOPECTATE is a trademark and brand of Chattem, Inc.

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

Dogs can’t sweat much, so dog overheating in the summer can be a serious problem – even life threatening. And dogs in hot cars? How many more times do we have to read, “dog dies in hot car” ? It’s crazy.

Even a short time in a hot car can be deadly. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C (102.2°F) If the dog’s temperature gets up to 41°C (105.8°F), irreversible brain damage and death can occur quickly. Just a 2 degree difference between life and death.

Top 7 stupidest excuses to leave a dog in the car on a hot day

  1. The sun’s not even out
  2. I left the window open
  3. I only ran in for a  minute
  4. I left the car running
  5. I’ll keep my eye on him
  6. It’s not too hot for me
  7. I parked in the shade

 

 

First Aid

If you suspect your Morkie might have heat stroke, (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) get IMMEDIATE veterinary attention.

In the meantime, wet him down immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring your dog into the shade and offer drinking water.

Laws are changing around dogs in hot cars

Eleven states have “Good Samaritan” hot car laws, allowing for private citizens to break into a car to save a pet. Most of the laws require that the person must first try to find the vehicle’s owner and contact law enforcement before attempting to break in. In nearly all the Good Samaritan states, the rescuer isn’t responsible for damages, however, in Indiana, the person is liable for one-half the cost of repairs.

Good Samaritan laws apply here:

Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Indiana
Massachusetts
Ohio
Oregon
Tennessee
Vermont
Wisconsin

Hot asphalt is a thing too

 When the air is 77 degrees, the asphalt can quickly heat up to 125!

At 87 degrees air temperature, the pavement can go up to 143 degrees!

 


And from Dogtime, some helpful information:

If you have been walking on hot pavement with your dog, look for these signs that their paws are burned or injured.

Limping or attempting to stop walking.

Licking or chewing at paw pads.

Darkening of skin on or around paw pads.

Blisters, peeling, or redness.

Any kind of damage to the bottom of the paws.

 

More on Hot asphalt awareness




Let's make this the last year of dogs left in hot cars

 

See it? Report it!

Call 9-1-1 to report a dog locked in a car on a hot day.  Are you allowed to break the windows if the dog’s in visible distress? Legally, no, in some places even the police can’t. Would that stop most of us? No.

Pledge you'll never do it

There’s never a reason to leave your dog in a hot car. “Just running in to the store” or “I’ll leave my a/c on” …  Just not worth the chance. Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. Simple, right?

Spread the word

Remind friends nad family that leaving your dog in the car’s not cool.