If you love your dog (and your rugs), it pays to know two things: the DIY method of removing dog vomit from rugs and why rawhide bones are risky.
I’m sharing two things I learned last week: the DIY method of removing dog vomit from rugs and why rawhide bones are risky. For all my fellow dog lovers, I hope this info will be helpful in some way.
What happened: I walked into my living room to see a large area of green vomit that was full of large shards of what looked and felt like plastic. Then I spotted a rawhide bone nearby with portions chewed off. Photos below:
I realized that Cam had eaten portions of rawhide that he later threw up. After watching him carefully for further signs of distress, I researched rawhide bones and found the following:
Bones and rawhides are among the most common causes of gastrointestinal obstructions in companion dogs. Cooked bones, such as beef marrow or knuckle bones from the femur, are more likely to chip or break off sharp pieces than are raw bones, although both can become stuck in and even puncture the stomach or small intestine. Chicken and turkey drumsticks are notorious for splintering and, because they are so sharp, causing gastrointestinal perforation.
Lesson Learned: No rawhide bones for Cam. I’m currently looking for safe chew toys that won’t break into pieces or pose any risks. If anyone has suggestions, please leave comments.
How I Removed Dog Vomit From My Rug
Here are the steps I followed to remove the vomit stain from my rug.
- Carefully remove as much vomit as possible without spreading it. A spoon/scoop is best for picking up pieces.
- Gently blot the area with a damp cloth, being careful not to spread.
- Cover entire area with baking soda.
- Wait at least 2-3 hours until clumps form, then vacuum all clumps.
- Cover spot generously with baking soda and borax~liberally and completely.
- Wait at least 24 hours or more until area is completely dry.
- Vaccuum every inch of area with the open end of vaccuum wand.
- Stain should be completely gone. Remove any residual white powder with a clean damp towel.
If the above method doesn’t work, I suggest Spot Shot. I bought a can before realizing that the baking soda and borax would work on the Oushack rug. But I use the Spot Shot for laundry stains and other smaller carpet stains. If both these DIY measures don’t work, call a professional carpet cleaner. Be sure to tell them what you have done to the rug so that they will know what they are dealing with.
I so hope this info is helpful! If any of you have anything to add to this, please share in the comments. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!