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Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and/or diarrhea can be very common in dogs. Vomiting in cats is not considered normal, even if you are finding hairballs. Consider consulting with your veterinarian if your cat vomits more frequently than 4 times per month.  The causes of vomiting/diarrhea are many and some may be serious requiring immediate medical therapy. Deciding when to bring you pet in for medical attention can be stressful especially when it is after hours or on the weekends.  Signs that would indicate you should seek medical attention include:

  • Blood in the stool or vomit
  • Vomiting more than 2 times in a one day period
  • Puppies/kittens or toy breeds
  • Extreme lethargy/weakness
  • Unable to hold down water
  • Protracted vomiting/diarrhea
  • History of any medical condition that can make your pet prone to dehydration (kidney disease)
  • History of eating objects that can cause a bowel obstruction
  • History of eating toxic substances (Check out the toxic substances information)

Always seek medical attention if you are concerned with the health of your pet. Seeking medical attention even for mild signs can help alleviate your pets discomfort more quickly. Some mild forms of vomiting/diarrhea can be resolved without an emergency veterinary visit. If your pet has mild signs consider withholding food for 12 hours but allowing access to water. Then start a bland diet fed in small frequent meals. A bland diet consists of boiled low fat hamburger or boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast mixed with white rice (3:1 rice: meat). If the vomiting returns after starting the diet seek medical attention for your pet. If any diarrhea does not resolve in 2-3 days please call for further advice. 

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