Saturday, July 14, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Inducing Vomiting, Placebo Effect, and more ...

How to Induce Vomiting in Your Dog if they Ate Something Poisonous

Dr. Justine Lee

Were your dog to ingest something poisonous, the bigger question than how is whether you should induce vomiting. You can always ask or look up how it's done. But do you know when you absolutely should not even consider it?

There are actually only a few select circumstances when it might be okay for you to induce vomiting in your dog yourself. And there is quite a long and important list of times when you should not. Sometimes you could cause further harm.

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Inducing Vomiting, Placebo Effect, and more ...

I only induced vomiting in my dog once, and it was after I consulted with a veterinarian. It was after she found and ate something outside which might have been a pot brownie.

Do read Dr. Lee's article to learn when inducing vomiting is a terrible idea and why.

Related articles:
Too Young for Pot: Cookie's Snack with a Side of Hydrogen Peroxide
Don't Panic. Don't Panic ... Too Late: Our Call to pet Poison Helpline
When to Induce Vomiting and When It's Not a Good Idea


What is a placebo?

Dr. Brennen McKenzie/Veterinary Practice News

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." ~Shakespeare

I find it interesting how science keeps finding more ways in which thoughts, actions, and outcomes are connected. And not just connected but mutually affected in both directions. There seems to be more evidence of how the physical can be influenced by the psychological.

Where does a placebo effect come into this? Simplified, a placebo effect is when something works which should not.

One might be able to see how this could work in people but what about animals? Seems impossible. But is it?

I really love Scott Adams' take on this.



In dogs, do things work similarly or is it just our wishful thinking that makes us see improvements that don't exist?

Do check out Dr. Brennen's article and do watch the above video. I think some of the explanations offered might be the ways in which dogs can benefit from placebo as well.

As far as I am concerned, if something works, I don't need to know how. As long as I can have a reasonable belief that it has.


Did Your Vet Recommend Removing Your Dog’s Eyeball?

Dr. Karen Louis

Enucleation, the medical term for removing an eyeball, must be one of the scariest propositions you might be faced with. Removing body parts doesn't seem like much of a treatment solution. Well, it is really not much of a treatment--rather more of a Hail Mary approach. However, there are times when this is the kindest thing one can agree to have done to their dog. It can relieve a tremendous amount of pain, it can prolong life.

The amount of pain your dog might have to go through not having this done could be something you can't even imagine. Yes, it is drastic and it sounds horrible. But so is a debilitating pain.

Read Dr. Louis' article to learn more about this surgery and why your veterinarian might recommend it.


Dogs vs. Bugs and Bees: When Should I Worry About Insect Bites?

Guthrie Pet Hospital

Bugs. I hate bugs. At least those who are trying to get a piece of my dog. Or those that sting. Quite often bug bites and stings are just a nuisance. But there are times when it can be an emergency.


  1. Bites or stings in the mouth or swallowing of insect. This situation can quickly lead to swelling of the throat and a blocked airway. Do not waste time-get to the vet!
  2. Multiple stings. Getting stung or bitten by several insects at once puts a lot of toxins into the bloodstream. Getting to your vet quickly gives them more time to counter those toxins before they can cause serious damage.
  3. Difficulty breathing. Swelling from bites in or around the mouth and nose can cause airways to swell and become blocked.
  4. Extreme swelling, lethargy.
  5. Drooling, paralysis, stumbling.


Read the article to learn when you should see a medical professional if your dog gets stung.

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