Vomiting and Diarrhea

When you have a pet, you know that sometimes they can get a little sick. Occasional vomiting or diarrhea is something you learn to live with. Unfortunately, those issues can be signs of a more serious problem. Our team at Westgate Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge is here to help when your furry friend has stomach issues.


When Are Vomiting and Diarrhea Serious?

Cats and dogs sometimes vomit or have a short bout of diarrhea. It’s part of a pet's life. If a single instance occurs with no repetition, your pet is probably fine. They might need medical attention if they show more serious signs. Here is what you want to watch out for:

•           Repeat occurrences: If either vomiting or diarrhea is consistent and recurring for more than 12 hours, it’s time to talk to your veterinarian.

•           Changes in behavior: If they have lower energy or seem unwell in addition to the symptoms, schedule an appointment.

•           Difficulty standing or walking: This indicates they need immediate intervention.

•           Loss of appetite for more than one meal: Missing a meal when feeling unwell is normal. Missing multiple meals can lead to complications.

•           Signs of pain: If they snap at you, try to bite you, yelp, whimper, or otherwise show you that they’re in pain, get them some help.

•           You’re just worried: If you’re ever unsure as to whether or not your pet is okay, it’s always fine to bring them in.

How Are Vomiting and Diarrhea Treated?

When you bring a pet in with symptoms that include vomiting and/or diarrhea, the first thing they will receive is an exam. The vet will take a medical history with you to get an idea of their diet and lifestyle. They will likely check the pet’s temperature to look for signs of fever.

They will do a physical exam to see if your pet is in pain anywhere. Beyond that, depending on the initial exam, your vet might also take a stool sample, run blood work, take X-rays, or perform other disease tests. The results of these exams and tests determine treatment for your pet. In many cases, rehydration is a priority.

Beyond that, infectious diseases might be treated with antibiotics, antivirals, or antiparasitics. In other cases, a simple change in diet can solve the problem. Less frequently, the vet may recommend other interventions (such as surgery to treat trauma). In any case, the vet will explain their findings, make recommendations, and work with you to pursue the best course of action for your pet.

Get Help at Westgate Animal Hospital

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? You can schedule an appointment or come in for an urgent visit. Either way, our team at Westgate Animal Hospital is here to help. Call or stop by the Maple Ridge office.

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