Pets may show signs of gastrointestinal upset through vomiting and diarrhea. Various factors can cause these symptoms. Our veterinarians at Anaheim Animal Care & Pet Hospital provide information on what to look for and how to respond if your pet is experiencing these conditions.
Why Is My Cat Or Dog Vomiting Or Having Diarrhea?
If your pet is experiencing gastrointestinal upset, they may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. These signs indicate that their stomach and intestines are inflamed or irritated.
Despite being unpleasant, vomiting is a natural way for your pet to expel indigestible material and prevent it from going further into their system.
On the other hand, diarrhea occurs when this material passes through your dog's digestive system and along the intestinal tract.
What Is Causing My Pet's Vomiting And Diarrhea?
There are many possible causes for these conditions, including viruses and parasites, a reaction to eating something bad, or something more serious like cancer or organ problems (such as kidney failure).
Depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms, your vet can make a proper diagnosis.
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
To help your pet recover from vomiting, it's best to avoid giving them food for 12 hours.
During this time, you can offer them up to 3 tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or give them ice cubes to keep them hydrated.
After 12 hours, reintroduce their water bowl and start feeding them with a few teaspoons of bland food.
If they can keep it down, gradually increase the amount of food and feed them every hour or two.
Once their vomiting stops, you can resume their regular feeding schedule the next day.
For Severe Vomiting
To keep your furry friend safe, make sure to remove any food that they might be able to access. Additionally, it's important to regularly check your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, such as pale skin and gums and unusual behavior.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.