When is it ok to get your patients drunk?
If you bring your dog to the emergency room with Ethylene Glycol toxicity and the vet pops out for a minute to the local liquor store don’t worry he doesn’t have a drinking problem!
Well he could but that isn’t relevant..He’s off to save your dogs life!
Ethanol is just the thing to use in this case as it competitively inhibits the enzyme Alcohol Dehydrogenase which breaks down ethylene glycol into toxic metabolites. So spiking a bag of IV fluids with vodka is a completely relevant way to save your dog (please don’t try this at home!) and let him excrete the ethylene glycol before it gets too nasty… your pooch may be a little groggy though!
Just had a “pretend” Clin Path case with ethylene Glycol toxicity!
Holy cow that’s good