Vomit and Diarrhea

Just like humans, pets can suffer from various stomach issues. Sometimes, it’s nothing to worry about and will clear up on its own. Other times, pet diarrhea and pet vomit may be the sign of a more serious underlying issue. If you have any concerns, you can contact the Silicon Valley Pet animal hospital in Santa Clara CA.


Why is My Pet Sick?

Pets may occasionally vomit or suffer from diarrhea due to minor stomach illnesses that will clear up on their own. However, vomiting and diarrhea may also be the sign of a serious condition. Your pet may have a serious infection or may have swallowed something harmful. If you notice blood in your pet’s vomit or stool, it’s wise to see a veterinarian right away. Blood may hint at a serious underlying problem that needs to be professionally evaluated.

If your pet is lethargic or cannot stand or walk, this may also hint at a serious underlying issue. If your pet skips more than one meal, it’s a bad sign. On the other hand, if you don’t see blood in your pet’s vomit and it clears up within 12 hours, you may not need to see a vet. As for diarrhea, it should clear up within 24 hours. In both cases, if the condition continues for longer, you’ll want to schedule a pet exam.

If you have reason to believe that your pet swallowed something dangerous, say chocolate (or anything with caffeine), indigestible objects (i.e. coins), or dangerous chemicals (say, antifreeze) you should contact a veterinarian right away as your pet may need emergency care.

What Causes Pet Vomit and Diarrhea

Your pet may have eaten rotten or improperly cooked food and could be experiencing a bacterial infection. If that’s the case, antibiotics may be in order. It’s also possible that your cat, dog, or other pet is suffering from allergic reactions. This is especially true for reoccurring issues. In this case, you will need to make dietary changes to avoid the allergen.  Human foods are another common culprit of pet diarrhea and vomiting. While it may be okay to occasionally feed your pet certain human foods, too much people-food can lead to stomach problems.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Santa Clara, CA

For more information on pet vomit, pet diarrhea, or to schedule a pet exam, call Silicon Valley Pet Clinic today at (408) 248-3844.


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