Vomiting And Diarrhea In Pets
The most common signs of gastrointestinal upset in dogs and cats are vomiting and diarrhea. While there are many possible reasons for vomiting and diarrhea, including parasites, viruses, and eating something bad, they can also result from severe complications like cancer, kidney failure, or other organ problems. Treatment at The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola starts with finding the underlying condition and then providing effective methods to control it.
What Is Gastroenteritis?
Gastroenteritis is an upset or irritated stomach and intestines. It can be caused by a variety of underlying issues that can range from minor to life-threatening. Diarrhea generally means irritation at any point in the intestinal tract, while vomiting indicates stomach and upper intestinal irritation.
Vomit and Diarrhea Symptoms
Your veterinarian can typically tell you the cause of the problem based on observations of:
- Dark feces that look like tar can be an indication of bleeding in the stomach or higher up in the intestinal tract
- Foreign material, such as grass, leaves, sticks, bones, toys, or garbage in vomit
- Watery or mucus-coated diarrhea can indicate a problem with the colon
- Streaks of bright red blood in feces may mean that there is an issue with the colon or rectum
How to Diagnose Vomiting and Diarrhea
Pets can’t talk, so our veterinarian counts on you for important information about your animals’ condition. Pay attention to their gastrointestinal activity so that you’ll be able to tell us about the quantity, frequency, and appearance of the vomit or diarrhea. We may also inquire about whether or not your pets have a normal appetite, is drinking water, and is otherwise acting healthy. After completing a physical exam, we may run some tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Treatment for Diarrhea and Vomiting
If gastroenteritis is severe, has lasted a while, or is accompanied by other symptoms of illness, our veterinarian may give intravenous fluids to protect your pets from dehydration. If parasites are the problem, medication is typically prescribed to treat the condition. Other medications may be prescribed to soothe the symptoms and decrease the urge to vomit.
Visit Our Pensacola Vet Team Right Away For Treatment of Vomiting and Diarrhea
Unfortunately, vomiting or diarrhea can be a sign of a severe problem, such as kidney or liver failure, a viral infection, diabetes, bowel disease, and even some types of cancer. When in doubt, call our Pensacola pet experts at The Brentwood Animal Hospital today if you notice vomiting or diarrhea in your pets. Contact us at 850-434-2646.