Vomiting and diarrhea frequently indicate gastrointestinal upset in pets. Several factors can cause these conditions. Our Montecito Veterinary Center vets will provide essential information and guidance on what to do if your pet experiences these symptoms.
Why Is My Cat Or Dog Vomiting Or Having Diarrhea?
Vomiting and diarrhea frequently indicate inflammation and irritation in the stomach and intestines or gastrointestinal upset.
As unpleasant as it may be, your pet vomits to empty its stomach of indigestible material, preventing it from progressing further through the system.
Diarrhea commonly results when this indigestible material passes entirely through your dog's digestive system at any point along the intestinal tract.
What Is Causing My Pet's Vomiting And Diarrhea?
Many factors can cause these conditions, including viruses, parasites, reactions to ingesting harmful substances, or more serious issues like cancer or organ problems (such as kidney failure).
Your vet can provide a proper diagnosis based on the severity of your pet's symptoms.
What Should I Do If My Pet Won't Stop Vomiting Or Having Diarrhea?
Ideally, treatment is aimed at the underlying problem and can be as simple as temporarily withholding food or as complex as surgery or chemotherapy.
For Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting
Do not feed your pet for 12 hours. During this time, offer them up to 3 tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or provide them with ice cubes.
After the 12-hour period, reintroduce the water bowl. Begin feeding with a few teaspoons of bland food. If your pet can keep it down, offer them a small amount of food every hour or two.
Once the vomiting has ceased, you can resume their regular feeding schedule the following day.
For Severe Vomiting
Remove any food that your dog or cat can get into. Inspect your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, including pale skin and gums and abnormal disposition.Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.