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

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

Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of gastrointestinal upset in cats and dogs. There are a number of causes for these conditions. Here, our Memphis 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?

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 causing my pet's vomiting and diarrhea?

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 won't stop vomiting or having 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.

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 the 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 can get into. Inspect your pup for signs of dehydration or shock, including include pale skin and gums and abnormal disposition.

If your dog exhibits any severe symptoms, take him to the vet immediately.

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

From Happy Pet Owners

  • “Forever thankful to kind, sweet, gentle, wonderful Dr. Tina Brown. Our 3 year old girl has been sick for months, but after one month she is back to feeling her happy, playful self again. It feels wonderful to have such an excellent support system in place when I need help.”
    Dale C.

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