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Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets: What To Do If Your Cat or Dog Won't Stop

Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets: What To Do If Your Cat or Dog Won't Stop

Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of gastrointestinal upset in cats and dogs. There are a number of causes for these conditions. Here, our Stockton vets share what you should know, and what to do if your pet is experiencing these symptoms. 

Vomiting or Diarrhea in Pets

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 its way fully through your dog’s digestive system, anywhere along the intestinal tract.

What Is The Cause of Vomiting & Diarrhea in my Pet?

There are many possible causes for these conditions, 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 make a proper diagnosis. 

What Should I Do if my Pet is Experiencing Vomiting or Diarrhea?

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

If the Vomiting and Diarrhea Are Infrequent

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.

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 all goes well and your pet is no longer experiencing these conditions then you may begin to feed them as normal the following day.

If Your Dog or Cat Has Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea

Remove any food that your dog or cat can get into. Inspect your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, including pale skin, gums, and abnormal disposition.

Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets That Require Emergency Veterinary Care

There may be situations that require immediate veterinary attention. These conditions may also potentially be signs of much more serious and potentially fatal diseases and conditions.

One of the most dangerous is a bowel obstruction which is usually fatal is left untreated and will require your cat or dog to be seen by a veterinarian for emergency veterinary care 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.

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

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