Vomit and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common occurrences in pets and can arise from a variety of causes. While some cases may resolve on their own, others require veterinary attention to prevent dehydration and address the underlying issue. Prior to visiting Clairemont Village Pet Clinic in San Diego, CA, learn about some causes of vomiting and diarrhea and why treatment is important below:

Vomit and Diarrhea

Potential Causes of Vomiting and Diarrhea

Dietary indiscretion, which can involve eating something unusual or a sudden change in diet, is a frequent culprit behind vomiting and diarrhea in pets. Intestinal parasites, bacterial infections, and viral infections can also lead to these symptoms. More serious causes include underlying health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, and certain cancers.

Recognizing Serious Signs

If your pet experiences a single episode of vomiting or diarrhea, especially if he or she appears otherwise healthy, it might not be a cause for immediate concern. However, you should seek veterinary attention if you notice the following:

•           Vomiting or diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours

•           Your pet exhibits lethargy or weakness

•           Blood is present in the vomit or stool

•           Your pet has a decreased appetite or refuses to drink water

•           Your pet has a fever

Keeping Your Pet Hydrated and Adjusting His or Her Diet

Dehydration is a major concern for pets exhibiting vomiting and diarrhea. Encourage your pet to drink small amounts of water frequently. If your furry companion is unable to keep water down, electrolyte replacement solutions can help. These are available over-the-counter at pet stores and veterinary clinics.

In some cases, a bland diet can help soothe your cat or dog’s digestive system. Withhold food for 12-24 hours after the last episode of vomiting. Then, offer small amounts of boiled chicken or white rice. Gradually reintroduce its regular diet over several days if vomiting and diarrhea have subsided.

Seeking Professional Help

If you are unsure about the cause of your pet's vomiting and diarrhea, or if symptoms persist for more than a day, err on the side of caution and contact our veterinarians. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and help your furry friend recover faster.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today

At Clairemont Village Pet Clinic in San Diego, CA, our team is dedicated to providing exceptional care for your furry companions. If your pet is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, contact us at (619) 275-5752 today to schedule an appointment. We will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of its discomfort and develop a treatment plan to help him or her feel better. When you need a veterinarian near me, we are ready to assist you!


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