Vomiting and diarrhea can be a concerning sign in your pet. There are potential several causes for these symptoms of stomach upset. Our Orange vets share what you should know and what to do if your pet is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea.
Why Is My Cat Or Dog Vomiting Or Having Diarrhea?
Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of gastrointestinal upset, which is the inflammation or irritation of the intestines or stomach. While it can be concerning, vomiting in your pet isn't always as bad as it might seem; this is your pet's way of emptying its stomach of indigestible material or spoiled food to prevent it from getting further into their system.
Conversely, diarrhea often occurs when that indigestible material does get through your pet's digestive system and is expelled.
Of course, pet owners don't always know for a fact if indigestible material is the reason their furry friend is experiencing these symptoms.
What Is Causing My Pet's Vomiting And Diarrhea?
There are a range of potential causes for vomiting and diarrhea in your dog or cat, including viruses and parasites, a reaction to bad food, or something more serious like cancer or organ issues.
What Should I Do If My Pet Won't Stop Vomiting Or Having Diarrhea?
Treatment can be as simple as temporarily withholding food from your pet or, in more severe cases, as complex as surgery or chemotherapy.
While you should always consult your vet on best practices to help your pet first, here are some common at-home treatments for vomiting or diarrhea in your pet:
For Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting
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.
For Severe Vomiting
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.Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.