For inducing emesis avoid hydrogen peroxide and apomorphine. While these may be highly effective emetics in dogs, they don’t work so well in cats. A cat’s chemoreceptor trigger zone (CRTZ) largely has alpha 2 receptors so drugs like xylazine or dexmedetomidine are more likely to work. Even with the right drug however, on average cats only vomit about 60% of the time.
Cats are more sensitive to onions and garlic than dogs. Hemolytic anemia and methemoglobinemia are possible if a cat ingested 5g/kg or more of onions, but for dogs they would need to eat 3-6 times that amount before hematologic changes may be a concern.
Small things come with big problems. Due to their unique physiology, cats are more sensitive to a number of toxins as compared to dogs.
Due to their inability to glucuronidate, cats are at risk for methemoglobinemia with exposure to acetaminophen at much smaller doses as compared to dogs.
When it comes to overdoses of NSAIDs, once again cats are more sensitive whether it be carprofen, ibuprofen, diclofenac or meloxicam.
Permethrin, Permethrin, Permethrin
Besides lilies, concentrated permethrin containing flea products (particularly dog spot-on products) remain a common feline toxicant. Remind pet owners that if product has a cat with a big X through it, is not merely a suggestion—it’s an absolute no.
Make sure any flea products sent home with pet owners are not only well labeled, but thorough instructions on how to appropriately administer the product have also been provided.