Dog and Cat Vomiting Vet Montgomery County
Vomiting in the cat or dog is something which ought to be addressed sooner rather than later! The big problem when vomiting occurs in our canine or feline patients is that they rarely give us a clear indication of the cause – so it could be something which will resolve on its own (like eating too quickly) or something more nefarious (like ingestion of foreign material). If you’re in Cheltenham, World of Animals at Elkins Park can help you determine how best to help your cat or dog when vomiting begins.
First and foremost, certain types of vomiting are always an emergency. Vomiting up red blood, water alone, or anything sharp, acidic, or toxic should be considered an emergency for any cat or dog. Also, unproductive retching is a sign of possible obstruction (having something stuck), so bring Fido or Socks right to the veterinarian. While sometimes vomiting is therapeutic (getting out the bad stuff that shouldn’t be in the gastrointestinal system), sometimes it can instead be a sign that your pet needs emergency diagnostics and surgery. Don’t wait!
Other types of vomiting include bile (yellow, foamy stuff), partially-digested food, mixtures of each, and vomitus with debris within it. These types of vomiting can also be very serious in the cat and dog, as the cause of the vomiting is not easily revealed. Causes can range from something as mundane as a dietary indiscretion to something as deadly as obstructive foreign bodies. Toxins, parasites in the gastrointestinal system, viruses, organ dysfunction, sepsis, socks, bones, food allergies, string, masses in the abdomen, heatstroke, bacterial overgrowths, hormonal abnormalities, pain, and even stress can all cause vomiting. It’s vitally important to figure out why your pet is vomiting, and not just sweep (or mop) it under the rug.
Treatments for vomiting have been developed that target the center of the brain that controls emesis (vomiting). These medications can be given as an injection or as an oral tablet which are prescribed from Your Veterinarian. These medications do have a downside, however – if given to an animal who has a physical obstruction in the stomach or intestines these medications will not have an effect. If so, life-saving interventions are delayed. Pharmaceuticals like these can literally transform a sick dog to a healthy dog within the space of 24 hours and cease vomiting, but they are not released to the public due to the potentially life-threatening repercussions of giving the medications inappropriately.
Other things to do for a vomiting dog or cat include giving a bland diet and many small, frequent meals (think of eating crackers after a stomach bug), providing much room-temperature water, and coming in for a physical examination. There is no good advice your veterinarian can give you over the phone about your vomiting pet without getting a complete history, performing a thorough physical exam, and considering bloodwork, radiographs (x-rays), or an abdominal ultrasound to determine a specific causation.
Montgomery County Dog and Cat Vomiting Vet
Please visit us a World of Animals in Elkins Park before your dog or cat is sick. Seeing a healthy pet at their best gives us a perspective to understand how your pet has responded to any illness or injury. Plus, we enjoy meeting – and treating – your pets!
By Sandra J. Platt VMD