What should I do when my cat or dog vomits or has diarrhea?

The first thing you should do is remove all food and water. If the diarrhea or vomiting continues or your pet acts lethargic, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. Diarrhea and vomiting can quickly lead to serious fluid loss and electrolyte imbalance, especially in very young and very old animals.

Sick Dog BoxerIf no vomiting occurs for 6 to 8 hours, begin to frequently give small amounts of water. A rule of thumb is to give 1 teaspoon per pound of body weight every 2 or 3 hours throughout the day and night. If your pet does not vomit the fluid, then the following day offer small frequent meals of boiled hamburger or boiled chicken and white rice.

If your pet does not want to eat, starts to vomit, or continues to have diarrhea, go to your veterinarian for medical care. If vomiting or diarrhea episodes occur more frequently than every six months with no known cause, your pet should be seen by a veterinarian.

Do not administer any over-the-counter or prescription medications to your pet without talking to a veterinarian first. Vomiting and diarrhea are associated with a host of problems that are referred to collectively as gastroenteritis. Some cases are quite severe (e.g., poisoning), and some are not (e.g., dietary indiscretion).

Feel free to call us at (608) 845-6700 if you have questions or concerns about your pet.