Vomit and diarrhea in cats ad dogs are two common signs of gastrointestinal upset. These conditions can have numerous causes. Today, our Greensboro vets share what you should know, and what to do if your pet is experiencing these symptoms.
Why is my cat or dog vomiting or having diarrhea?
An inflamed, irritated stomach or intestines, or gastrointestinal upset, can lead to vomiting and diarrhea for cats and dogs.
As unpleasant as it is to deal with, vomiting is one of the most efficient ways for your pet to rid their stomach of indigestible material, so it doesn't make its way further into their system.
Diarrhea often occurs when said indigestible material has gone all the way through your dog's digestive system, anywhere along the intestinal tract.
What is causing my pet's vomiting and diarrhea?
Many potential things may be causing your cat or dog's stomach upset, such as:
- Reaction to medication
- Ingestion of poisons, toxins, or food (garbage, chocolate, anti-freeze)
- Heat stroke
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Change in diet
- Serious disease or illness such as cancer
Depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms, your vet will be able to properly diagnose the issue.
When is vomiting in pets cause for concern?
Vomiting may be cause for some concern and constitute a serious veterinary emergency if you see any of these signs:
- Continuous vomiting
- Chronic vomiting
- Vomiting with nothing coming up
- Vomiting blood
- Vomiting in conjunction with other symptoms such as lethargy, weight loss, fever, anemia, etc.
- Bloody diarrhea
- Suspected ingestion of a foreign body (such as food, objects, children’s toy, etc.)
What should I do if my pet won't stop vomiting or having diarrhea?
Based on your pet's medical history and recent activities, you can assist your veterinarian in determining what is causing the vomiting. It's possible that your pet has ingested something he shouldn't have if you've noticed him curiously exploring the house or sniffing the refrigerator.
Because you spend every day with your pet, you'll most likely be the best source of information for your veterinarian as they try to figure out what's wrong. The condition will then be tested for, diagnosed, and treated by your veterinarian..
For Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting
Avoid giving your pet food for 12 hours. You can give them up to 3 tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or provide them with ice cubes in the meantime.
After 12 hours, reintroduce the water bowl. Start feeding with a few teaspoons of bland food. If they can keep it down, feed them a little every hour or two.
If the vomiting stops, you can begin feeding them, as usual, the next 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. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.