There are a number of reasons why your dog or cat may be feeling unwell. Sometimes this can result in uncomfortable symptoms. Here, our Egg Harbor Township vets talk about vomiting and diarrhea in pets and what steps to take if it won't stop.
Why do vomiting and diarrhea occur?
Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of inflamed, irritated stomach and intestines, or gastrointestinal upset.
Your pet may also vomit as a way of ridding their body of things that will make them unwell such as toxins.
If the substance has already made it through the digestive system of your dog or cat it will lead to diarrhea.
What are the common causes of vomiting and diarrhea?
There are a number of reasons behind the occurrence of diarrhea and vomiting, including viruses and parasites, a reaction to eating something bad, or something more serious like cancer or organ problems (such as kidney failure).
Your vet will perform an exam and diagnostics in order to diagnose your pet.
What are the different types of vomiting?
The treatment for consecutive vomiting and diarrhea is dependent on the underlying cause. It can be as simple as temporarily withholding food or as complex as surgery or chemotherapy.
You can try withholding food from your pet for approximately 12 hours. You can give them up to 3 tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or provide them with ice cubes in the meantime.
Once 12 hours have passed you can give them free access to water once again. Start feeding with a few teaspoons of bland food. If they can keep it down, feed them a little every hour or two.
As long as all goes well and the vomiting stops you will be able to begin regular feedings the following day.
Do not allow your dog any access to food. Inspect your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, including pale skin and gums and abnormal disposition. You should also contact your vet to schedule an examination as soon as possible.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.