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Vomiting & Diarrhea in Pets That Won't Stop: Causes & What to Do

Your dog or cat may feel unwell for several reasons, leading to uncomfortable symptoms. In this article, our Louisa vets discuss vomiting and diarrhea in pets and guide how to address persistent issues.

Why do vomiting and diarrhea occur?

Vomiting and diarrhea often indicate inflammation or irritation in the stomach and intestines or gastrointestinal upset.

Pets may vomit to expel toxins and harmful substances from their bodies.

If the substance has already passed through your dog or cat's digestive system, it can result in diarrhea.

What are the common causes of vomiting and diarrhea?

Various factors can cause diarrhea and vomiting, including viruses, parasites, food poisoning, or potentially severe issues like cancer or organ dysfunction, such as kidney failure.

To pinpoint the cause of your pet's symptoms, your vet will conduct a thorough examination and perform necessary diagnostics.

What are the different types of vomiting?

The treatment for consecutive vomiting and diarrhea is dependent on the underlying cause. It can be as simple as temporarily withholding food or as complex as surgery or chemotherapy.

Infrequent Vomiting

You can withhold food from your pet for about 12 hours. During this time, provide them with up to 3 tablespoons of water every 30 minutes or offer ice cubes.

After the 12 hours, allow your pet to have free access to water again. Begin feeding by offering a few teaspoons of bland food. If they can tolerate it, feed them small amounts every hour or two.

If everything progresses smoothly and the vomiting stops, you can resume regular feedings the next day.

Reoccuring Vomiting

Do not allow your dog any access to food. Inspect your pet for signs of dehydration or shock, including pale skin, 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 experiences persistent diarrhea or vomiting, immediately reach out to our veterinary hospital in Louisa 

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