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Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets: Causes & What to Do

Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets: Causes & What to Do

Vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs are common signs of an upset gastrointestinal tract. Today, our Lithia Springs vets discuss what may be leading to your pet's vomiting and diarrhea, and how you can help. 

Why a Cat or Dog May Be Vomiting or Having Diarrhea

When it comes to cats and dogs, vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of inflamed, irritated stomach and intestines, or gastrointestinal upset.

As unpleasant as it is, vomiting is your pet's way of emptying their stomach of indigestible material to prevent it from getting further into their system. 

Diarrhea often occurs when that indigestible material makes it's way fully through your dog’s digestive system, anywhere along the intestinal tract.

Causes of Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets

There are many possible causes for cat and dog vomiting and diarrhea, 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 perform an examination and make a proper diagnosis. 

How to Stop Your Pet's Vomiting / Diarrhea

If your pet's symptoms are persistent or recurring it's time to call the vet.

Ideally, treatment is aimed at the underlying problem and can be as simple as temporarily withholding food or as complex as surgery or chemotherapy.

Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting or Diarrhea

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.

Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea

Contact your vet for further advice and follow their instructions closely.

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. If your pet is displaying any signs of dehydration it's time to head straight to your family's vet or the nearest animal emergency clinic.

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.

Does your cat or dog have persistent vomiting or diarrhea? Contact our Lithia Springs vets right away to have your pet examined and treated. 

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Westside Animal Emergency Clinic is open weekday evenings, overnight and weekends to provide your pet with urgent care when needed. Our experienced Lithia Springs vets are passionate about restoring good health to companion animals.

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