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

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.

What is causing my pet's vomiting and diarrhea?

There are many possible culprits that cause 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, you may want to take them to a vet for a proper diagnosis.

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. Give them up to three tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or allow them to munch on a few ice cubes per hour.  

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

If your pet continues to respond well you can return to his or her regular feeding schedule the next day.

For Severe Vomiting

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

If your pet displays any severe or persistent symptoms, take them to the vet immediately. 

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.

If your dog or cat can't stop vomiting or having diarrhea, contact our Atlantic Coast New York Veterinary Specialists right away.

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