Vomit and Diarrhea

Pet vomiting and diarrhea are common problems that each pet owner should stay on the lookout for. While sometimes these problems can come and go away on their own, there are times when your pet will need to see the vet for treatment. That is especially crucial for puppies and kittens, who may need more intensive care when they are ill. At Connolly Animal Clinic in Florence, AL, we can provide the treatment your furry friend needs to get back on the road to recovery. We understand that seeing your pet vomit or have diarrhea can be upsetting, which is why we are here to help.

Vomit and Diarrhea

What Causes Pet Vomiting and Diarrhea?

Many different things can cause your pet to vomit or have diarrhea. Some of the most common include:

  • Eating something they shouldn't have
  • A change in diet or food intolerance
  • Infectious diseases
  • Parasites
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Pancreatitis
  • Chronic diseases

If your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, it's important to pay close attention to it. If it is also lethargic, has a loss of appetite, or is having trouble keeping down water, then it may be dehydrated and will need to see the vet right away.

How are Vomiting and Diarrhea Treated?

When you visit our veterinarians, we will need to determine the underlying cause of your pet's vomiting or diarrhea before we can provide treatment. That may involve taking a complete history, doing a physical examination, and running some diagnostic tests. Some of the common treatments for vomiting and diarrhea include:

  • Fluid therapy to correct dehydration
  • Canned food or a bland diet to soothe the stomach
  • Medications to stop vomiting (antiemetics) or diarrhea 
  • Antibiotics for infections
  • Deworming for parasites

Preventing Pet Vomit and Diarrhea

The best way to treat vomiting and diarrhea is to prevent them from happening in the first place. You can do that by:

  • Feeding a high-quality diet
  • Keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations
  • Practicing good hygiene (e.g., washing your hands after handling pet waste)
  • Regularly cleaning your pet's living area
  • Taking your pet to the veterinarian for routine check-ups
  • Keeping things like poisons and human medications out of reach

Visit Connolly Animal Clinic in Florence, A

Vomiting and diarrhea that do not go away or that are accompanied by other symptoms can be a sign of a serious problem. If your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, the best thing to do is bring it to Connolly Animal Clinic so we can help. We will work quickly to identify the underlying cause and provide the treatment your pet needs to feel better. Call our team today at (256) 757-5376 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.