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When Your Dog Eats More Than Just Your Homework: The Approach to Common Toxicities

Any substance in excess quantity has the potential to be toxic to the body, with only a scarce few having a true antidote. The clinical manifestation in a majority of toxicities seen in dogs and cats often include nonspecific mild to moderate signs while some toxicities can be unique in their manifestation and can potentially be lethal. Therefore, instituting decontamination efforts in a timely manner is of vital importance in these patients, with gastrointestinal decontamination via emesis being the most common method utilized.

Join us in discussing the various agents used to induce emesis and review the newer data on emesis in cats.  We will touch on Vetoquinol’s recently FDA-approved emetic for canines, Clevor® (ropinirole ophthalmic solution).  We’ll also review appropriate decontamination tactics and timeframes, guidelines for recommending emesis at home,  the differences between charcoal and noncharcoal adsorbents, and the risks of and contraindications for emesis and charcoal.  


  • Recognition and initial assessment of the toxic patient.
  • Indications and contraindications for gastrointestinal decontamination. 
  • Review agents used to induce emesis in dogs and cat.  
  • Understand the role of charcoal and the controversy around guiding owners on inducing emesis at home. 

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Anthony L. Gonzalez, DVM, DACVECC

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Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Cornell University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University. Following an internship, he completed a residency in Emergency & Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gonzalez worked in a busy specialty-emergency hospital in Los Angeles before joining CUVS in 2018. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Gonzalez has expertise in both emergency care and in managing critical patients. His special clinical interests are focused on pulmonary medicine and trauma. He believes strongly in practicing the highest level of medicine, going above and beyond for his patients. His warm approachability and authentic connections with his patients’ families ensures that these families are engaged in the care of their pets every step of the way.