Black and White
photography from the Chesapeake Bay watershed by Bill Emory
Apomorphine acts directly on the chemoreceptor trigger zone to induce emesis. Apomorphine is generally the emetic of choice because of its rapid onset and the ability to reverse its action. Apomorphine is given at a dose of 0.02 to 0.04 mg/kg intravenously or intramuscularly. It can also be administered by placing it directly behind the eyelid in the subconjunctival sac. Diluting the pill with sterile water minimizes ocular irritation. Apomorphine solutions are not stable and must be made fresh before each administration. Vomiting usually ensues within 4 to 6 minutes. When used conjunctivally, the eye should be flushed copiously once vomiting occurs. Apomorphine can be used in cats but at the lower end of the dosage, and adverse side effects can be reversed with naloxone (0.01 to 0.04 mg/kg IV) in both dogs and cats. Apomorphine administered subcutaneously often has a delayed onset of action, and the duration of action may be prolonged.–ScienceDirect
Tilly visited Georgetown Veterinary yesterday for evaluation. Modeling her mVet Evercalm garment. She has a 5 inch incision from her xiphoid distal toward her hips. Without this garment she’d be licking and scratching non-stop.
It is remarkable how quickly Matilda bounces back. But meanwhile, consider the present moment fragility of this dog. The invasive nature of the surgery, the healing, the reconnection of tissues that still needs to take place. So, I need to keep a lid on her natural exuberance for the next two weeks. No jumping, no swimming, no running.