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Emetic agents work by causing gastric irritation, stimulating the CNS chemoreceptor trigger zone (CRTZ),1 or a combination of both. Many emetics work best if the pet has a small amount of food in its stomach. If the pet hasn’t eaten within the past two hours, a snack is recommended before administering emetics.1,2 Keep in mind that emetic agents are not effective if an anti-emetic (e.g., maropitant, ondansetron) has been recently administered to the patient.2
Here are the emetic agents effective for dogs:
Emetic agents effective for cats are more limited, and there are no at-home emetic agents that should be recommended. The only recommended veterinary emetic is:
Here are two alternative methods to consider if induction of vomiting is contraindicated for GI decontamination of your patient.
You should avoid recommending some emetic agents for your clients for “at home” vomiting induction. Here are three home remedies—often found on the Internet—that are often recommended but can potentially put the patient at further risk or harm.
Here’s how to use activated charcoal and cathartics in the poisoned patient.
Pet Poison Helpline has many critical resources on pet poisonings, some of which we've worked with Wedgewood Pharmacy to compile for you in one eBook. Download the eBook from the Resources for Veterinarians section of WedgewoodPetRx. Additionally, you can attend webinars for CE credit. Register for the next online presentation at PetPoisonHelpline.com. Pet Poison Helpline will be guest blogging here for a few weeks to share with you this important information on treating pet poisonings.
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