Vomiting and Diarrhea

Dogs and cats that visit South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel for emergency care are often suffering from vomiting and diarrhea. Many types of animal diseases can cause both vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms can either be a sign of a serious illness requiring immediate and urgent care, or they can be related to a mild illness that will run its course and pass on its own in a few days.

It's up to the pet owner to decide whether they need to provide care for their furry friend in the home or bring them into an animal hospital for urgent care. If your pet seems to be in good health, has only been suffering from vomiting and diarrhea for a short period, you can likely care for it at home for a day or two before you need to bring it in.


Signs That Require Immediate Action

There are, however, some symptoms that may indicate that you need to bring your pet in for emergency attention from a veterinarian. Some of these signs include the following:

  • suffering from a chronic disease
  • difficulty breathing
  • experiencing pain or distress
  • very upset
  • frequent or very intense vomiting
  • vomit contains blood or looks like coffee grounds
  • diarrhea is dark and tarry or contains blood
  • dehydrated
  • consumed something poisonous
  • consumed an item that could cause a blockage

Caring for Your Animal at Home

If none of these issues are present and your pet seems to feel alright, aside from the occasional vomiting and diarrhea, you may prefer to take care of the problem at home at first. Avoid feeding your animal for around twelve hours, but provide it with free access to water. If your pet continually drinks a larger amount of water and then vomits, you may need to offer smaller amounts of water less frequently.

If your pet's vomiting ceases, you can begin to offer some bland food after about twelve hours, such as boiled chicken and rice. Only feed your pet a small amount at first. Then repeat this small amount a few hours later. If the pet's symptoms improve, continue to stick to a bland food diet for a few days, then mix the animal's regular food in with the bland homemade food. Urgent Pet Care in Laguna Niguel If your pet's condition does not improve, contact South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel at (949) 249-7777. We will provide immediate urgent care to help your pet feel better quickly.

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