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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 Boulder County 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?

Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, which is caused by inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestines.

When your pet eats something that makes them sick, they may vomit to rid their body of toxins.

When the substance enters your dog or cat's intestines or has already passed through your animal companion's digestive system, it causes diarrhea.

In addition to vomiting and diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset in pets can cause loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and dehydration. If your pet's symptoms persist or worsen, you should closely monitor him or her and consult a veterinarian.

What are the common causes of vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs?

Diarrhea and vomiting can occur for a variety of reasons, including viruses and parasites, a reaction to bad food, or something more serious, such as cancer or organ 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?

The treatment for vomiting and diarrhea that occur repeatedly varies depending on the underlying cause. This can be as simple as temporarily denying oneself food, or as complex as undergoing surgery or chemotherapy.

Infrequent Vomiting

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

After 12 hours, you can grant them unrestricted access to water once more. Beginning feedings should include a few teaspoons of tasteless food.If they can eat, feed them a small amount every hour or two.

It is possible that you will be able to resume your regular feedings the next day, assuming everything goes as planned and the vomiting stops.

It is critical to closely monitor your pet during this time and consult with a veterinarian if their condition deteriorates or they exhibit signs of dehydration. To avoid further stomach upset, it is also recommended that they gradually return to their regular diet over the course of a few days.

Recurring 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 Boulder County veterinary hospital right away.

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