Learning From Our Mighty Mistakes: Common Flubs With Poisoned Patients & Other Tidbits Picked Up Along the Way (1447)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Toxicology
Tuesday |  8:00 AM -  8:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||302A



Ahna Brutlag DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT
Pet Poison Helpline & SafetyCall International, PLLC

Dr. Ahna Brutlag is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Toxicology (ABT) and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT). She is also the associate director of veterinary services at Pet Poison Helpline and holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. She has personally consulted on 20,000+ potential poisoning cases, co-edited two toxicology textbooks, and authored dozens of textbook chapters and scientific articles on the subject of small animal toxicology. Dr. Brutlag lives in Minneapolis with her husband, stardard poodle, two cats, and five chickens. She enjoys good food, cocktails, and biking on flat roads.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 3


We've all been there - we've all made mistakes. In an effort to better us as practitioners, I'd like to share some of the common mistakes that occur when managing poisoned patients. Discussion will include the contraindications for decontamination, pyrethroid poisoning in cats, the timely use of antidotes for ethylene glycol, toxic plant misinterpretation and more.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the appropriate use of multi-dose activated charcoal

2. Treat the patient, not the poison

3. Understand the difference between the 'ols' compounds: xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol, etc.