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Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets That Won't Stop

There are a number of reasons why your dog or cat may be feeling unwell. Sometimes this can result in uncomfortable symptoms. Here, our Des Moines vets talk about vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs and what steps to take if it won't stop.

Why do vomiting and diarrhea occur?

Both vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, which is characterized by inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestines.

Your pet may also throw up as a means of purging their body of things that will make them sick, such as toxins, when they eat something that makes them sick.

When the substance reaches the intestines of your dog or cat, or if it has already passed through the digestive system of your animal companion, it will cause diarrhea.

In addition to vomiting and diarrhea, other symptoms of gastrointestinal upset in pets may include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and dehydration. It is important to monitor your pet closely and consult a veterinarian if these symptoms persist or worsen. 

What are the common causes of vomiting and diarrhea?

There are a number of reasons behind the occurrence of diarrhea and vomiting, including viruses and parasites, a reaction to eating something bad, or something more serious like cancer or organ problems (such as kidney failure).

Your vet will perform an exam and diagnostics in order to diagnose your pet. Based on the findings, they may recommend further tests such as blood work or imaging to rule out any underlying health conditions. Once a diagnosis is made, appropriate treatment options can be discussed and implemented to help alleviate your pet's symptoms and promote their recovery. 

What or some treatment options for cat and dog diarrhea and vomiting?

In some cases, dietary changes or medication may be prescribed to manage the condition. Additionally, behavioral therapy or physical rehabilitation might be recommended to aid in the recovery process. 

What are the different types of vomit in dogs and cats?

Depending on the underlying cause, the treatment for vomiting and diarrhea that occurs multiple times in a row is different. This can be as straightforward as temporarily denying oneself food, or it can be as involved as undergoing surgery or chemotherapy.

Infrequent Vomiting

You could try withholding food from your pet for about a day and a half. You can offer them ice cubes or up to three tablespoons of water every half an hour, or you can give them water in increments of three tablespoons.

After a period of 12 hours has passed, you are able to grant them unrestricted access to water once more. Beginning feedings should consist of a few teaspoons of tasteless food.If they are able to keep food down, you should feed them a small amount every hour to two hours.

It is possible that you will be able to resume your regular feedings the following day, provided that everything goes according to plan and the vomiting stops.

It is important to monitor your pet closely during this time and consult with a veterinarian if their condition worsens or if they show signs of dehydration. Additionally, it is advisable to gradually reintroduce their regular diet over the course of a few days to avoid any further stomach upset. 

Reoccuring Vomiting

Do not allow your dog any access to food. Inspect your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, including pale skin and gums and abnormal disposition. You should also contact your vet to schedule an examination 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 pet is suffering from continuous diarrhea or vomiting, contact our Des Moines veterinary hospital right away.

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