Dog & Cat Vomiting & Diarrhea: What You Should Know & Do

Posted Dec 23rd, 2019 in Conditions, Emergency Care, General

Dog & Cat Vomiting & Diarrhea: What You Should Know & Do

When cats' and dogs' gastrointestinal systems get upset, they may experience vomiting and diarrhea. A number of conditions can cause these symptoms. Here, our Long Island 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?

Gastrointestinal upset, or an irritated, inflamed stomach and intestines can result in vomiting and diarrhea. 

As unpleasant as these symptoms are, they are your pet's way of emptying their stomach of indigestible material to prevent it from further invading their system. 

Diarrhea often happens when indigestible material makes its way fully through your dog's digestive system, anywhere along the intestinal tract. 

What is causing my pet's vomiting and diarrhea?

There may be many possible culprits causing these conditions, including a reaction to eating something bad, parasites and viruses, or something more serious like organ problems (e.g. kidney failure) or cancer. 

Depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms, your vet can diagnose them properly. 

What should I do if my pet won't stop vomiting or having diarrhea?

Ideally, treatment will be designed to resolve the underlying issue and can be as simple as temporarily withholding food, or as complex as chemotherapy or surgery. 

For Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting

Avoid providing your pet food for 12 hours. Three tablespoons of water every 30 minutes is okay. They can also have ice cubes in the meantime. 

After 12 hours, reintroduce their water bowl. Start feeding them a few teaspoons of bland food. If they're able to keep it down, feed them a little every hour or two. 

After the vomiting stops, you can begin feeding them as usual the next day. 

For Severe Vomiting

Remove any food that your dog may be able to get into. Examine your pooch for signs of shock or dehydration, including pale gums and skin, and abnormal disposition. 

If your dog displays any severe symptoms, take him to the vet immediately. 

If your dog or cat can't stop vomiting or having diarrhea, contact our Long Island emergency veterinary hospital right away.

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