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


  • 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.


  • 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 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 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:



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.


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

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.




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:


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.

Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Good dog dental care is vital for your Morkie and there’s more to it than just cleaning dogs teeth. Proper dental care includes these four parts:

1. brush – ideally daily, but at least every other day

2. spray – use one of the new ‘plaque sprays’ or dental gels for dogs

3. feed RAW bones, like chicken wings

4. go pro – get his teeth cleaned at the Vet’s when necessary

If you just ignore proper dog dental care and hygiene, you are literally—
  • shortening your Morkie’s life, because the ugly bacteria of dental disease eventually can make its way into the blood stream, where it causes permanent damage to vital organs like the heart and kidneys
  • dog dental disease means sentencing your Morkie to pain and suffering from bad teeth. Pain he can’t even tell you about.

Read  more at Dog Dental Care

daily brushing

sprays or gels

raw bones

dentist care

Important as brushing is, good dog dental care is more than simply cleaning your dog's teeth!

Look at the progression of dog dental disease!

dog dental disease
advanced dog dental disease
extreme dog dental disease

doggy breath

Ugh, doggy breath!

Little dogs seemed plagued with doggy breath; one reason why is they’re more prone to plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. Yorkie teeth in particular, are renowned for being bad; they’re too jammed in to the Yorkie’s small jaw, and not well ‘anchored’ in the jaw. It’s possible that a Morkie has the same poor teeth; another reason to watch closely for problems.

Occasional remedies for doggy breath include minty products like YipYap or White Bites. Now and then your Morkie might need some temporary help for really bad doggy breath. These products work but don’t use them to mask more serious causes of doggy breath.

DANGER: NEVER use a product which contains artificial colouring, artificial flavours, alcohol or xylitol. Both are highly toxic for dogs.

Does kibble keep your Morkie’s teeth clean?

As one expert said,

expecting kibble to help clean your dog’s teeth is like people counting on potato chips to clean their teeth.

Do treats work to clean your dog’s teeth?

Greenies, made by the Nutro Company, have been around for about a decade, and are designed to help keep the dog’s (or cat’s) teeth clean through mechanical abrasion.

The company says Greenies are #1 Vet recommended dental chews and are clinically proven to deliver total oral health solutions.

On the plus side:

  • they’re chemical-free (100% natural ingredients)
  • not too fattening for your Morkie (the mini has 25 calories)
  • they have the American Veterinary Dental College seal of approval

On the downside:

  • Dental Chews like Dentabone® and Dentastix® are hard for small dogs to digest
  • can cause an upset stomach and gas, so limit your Morkie to one every other day at most

Get Greenies today at

Healthy Pets Dental Gel Formula

  • 8 Botanicals – Not Just 1 or 2 Like Some Other Products
  • Synthetic Vitamin Supplements

Grapefruit seed extract and peppermint oil are just two ingredients in this top-rated Dental Gel. The 8 main ingredients in this peppermint-flavoured Healthy Pets Dental Gel are designed to work together to help keep teeth clean.

All ingredients are:

  • Plant-based and 100% natural
  • Safe without potential adverse effects for both cats and dogs
  • Effective at cleaning teeth, even without brushing


Easy to use.

Just squeeze the recommended amount onto your fingertip. For a small size dog like a Morkie, that’s less than a fourth of a teaspoon.

If your Morkie will allow you to open his mouth, simply smear the gel over his teeth and gums. If not, place the gel on his lips, paw, or muzzle, and he’ll lick it off. The more he licks, the more it will mix with his saliva and coat his teeth and gums.

When smearing the gel on your dog’s teeth, focus on the back molars first. Especially with cats, this is where most of the dirt accumulates. Move to the pre-molars, canines, and then the incisors.

Order your Healthy Pets Dental Gel with Herbal Extracts today and know you may be making a great decision for your Morkie.

How to find a lost dog

How to find a lost dog

Do you know how to find a lost dog? Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Canada Day — these are all dates when dogs go missing because they’ve been freaked out by fireworks.

Here are some tips for you and your Morkie, on how to find a lost dog.


Best idea - don't let your Morkie get lost

Your family isn’t the same if your Morkie gets lost!

Holidays, vacations and celebrations are all times when your Morkie has a good chance to run away. People are coming and going, the door or gate can be left open and there’s lots of commotion.

Sometimes the best defence is a good offence, so if things might get a little crazy with family and friends, why not put your Morkie in a quite room to himself. Leave the radio on to dull your noise and leave him some toys, food and water (and if he’s trained to go indoors, a pee pad)

Don’t forget to check on him now and then – which certainly beats looking for him!

Poster Tips

Instead of saying “Lost Dog” put Lost Morkie or Lost Yorkie-Mix

Naming a specific breed gives the reader a better idea of what he’s looking for; and will likely stick in his mind longer.  Experts say that adding things like, “we miss him a lot” doesn’t help so save the space and use it to get the simple message out there: Lost Morkie, brief description, reward and phone number.

Tag Tip

Do NOT Place Your Dog’s Name On His Tags

Placing your Morkie’s name on his identification tag can help a dognapper to lure him from you. Dognapping is a serious problem in many areas so don’t help these criminals by leaving your Morkie’s name on his I.D. Tag.

Make sure your Morkie’s collar fits properly. It should be large enough to allow two fingers to slip in between it and the dog’s neck, but not so large that it can slip off over his head. If you prefer using a harness to walk your dog, by all means do so, but let him wear a leather collar with identification as well.

Microchipping is  another way to protect your Morkie’s way home. Read more here.

How to find a lost dog? With a great dog tag!

The Smarter Dog Tag

PetHub, a company that makes digital pet ID tags, provides some eye-opening statistics about lost pets:

  • 1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime
  • Less than 2 percent of lost cats and only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs make it back home to their families (per the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy)
  • Most pets who do get home are wearing an ID tag or are microchipped or tattooed
  • 80 percent of pet parents believe pet ID tags are crucially important, but only 33 percent report that their pet always wears one (per the ASPCA)

From Mercola Healthy Pets

GPS Tracking Devices

GPS trackers are ideal if your Morkie is a habitual runaway.

Along with some intensive training to curb this behaviour, a GPS device can add an other degree of security.

tile tracking tags

Another option is RFID devices like htis Tile unit. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) pet tags and collars are basically microchips your pet wears rather than has implanted. They’re the same little devices you can put in your wallet or on your phone, to pinpoint it if it goes missing.

Get the word out

  • put a “Lost ” ad in your local newspaper the very first morning your dog is gone. (usually free)
  • put posters up in your area
  • get on social media INCLUDING SPECIFIC LOST AND FOUND GROUPS in your area


Visit all local dog pounds and animal shelters, don’t rely on their information.

Go through the facilities and look at all dogs and cats, DAILY.

Call around

  • Call all your neighbours personally.
  • call the local humane society or pound, vet clinic including emergency clinics outside your immediate area
  • call local police
  • call local kennels, groomers
  • dog training clubs

Reach out to a pro

Connect with people at websites like HelpingLostPets who can help you find your lost pet. There’s no cost.

They warn, don’t pay someone to help you find your dog, you’ll be cheated or taken advantage of

Walk your neighbourhood

  • enlist family and friends to canvas the neighborhood, in all directions, on the roads and as the crow flies.
  • expand outside where you think your Morkie could go.
  • a frightened dog will travel farther than you think.

Don't give up

Pets have been reunited with their families YEARS later, so don’t give up. Here’s a pup who showed up 10 years later!

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