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Vomit Induction (Emesis)

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Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses vomiting in patients, specifically induction of vomiting. The time frame for vomit, which foreign objects are safe to induce vomiting with, and the exploration of a patient’s vomit are all covered.

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Shruthy  Anandakumaresan 's picture

Hi, just wondering if it would be advisable to take radiographs of the abdomen before administering the apomorphine? Just to rule out any other foreign bodies that may cause an obstruction on the way up. Thank you!

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Hi, thanks for the question! Yes, this is a good idea in some instances, particularly if the history is that the pet ate something metallic, sharp or alkaline (battery) based. But if it's something soft like cloth or mushrooms or medication without any other evidence of having gotten into sharp or hard items, then we usually just induce vomiting without radiographs. Even in the case of plastic items, sometimes they don't show up very well on radiographs. That being said radiographs are never the wrong thing to do.