Vomiting & Diarrhea

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Vomiting and diarrhea may be caused by eating too fast or by eating scraps from the garbage. It is important to realize that digestive upset can also be a sign of numerous other ailments: dietary allergies, poisons, stress, infections, worms, metabolic disorders (diabetes, pancreatitis), and cancer. Some illnesses become very serious, possibly fatal, if left untreated.

Vomiting First Aid
Diarrhea First Aid

Serious Vomiting & Diarrhea Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Fever
  • Disoriented or stumbling around
  • Dehydration or excessive, insatiable thirst
  • Vomiting or attempts to vomit of more than 3-4 times in an hour
  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours

  • Blood-tinged vomitus and/or stools
  • Black or tarry stools
  • If you see any of the above signs, Transfer the animal to a veterinary facility immediately. They may be signs of poisoning, stomach or intestinal blockage, ulcers, kidney/liver disorders, or even brain tumors.

Serious Vomiting & Diarrhea Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Fever
  • Disoriented or stumbling around
  • Dehydration or excessive, insatiable thirst
  • Vomiting or attempts to vomit of more than 3-4 times in an hour
  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • Blood-tinged vomitus and/or stools
  • Black or tarry stools
  • If you see any of the above signs, Transfer the animal to a veterinary facility immediately. They may be signs of poisoning, stomach or intestinal blockage, ulcers, kidney/liver disorders, or even brain tumors.

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  • Keep your pet(s) out of all trash.
  • Feed your pet(s) a consistent brand and type of diet. If you must make a change in their food, make the transition over 4-5+ days. Gradually mix the new diet, slowly eliminating the old food.
  • If your pet has special dietary needs, contact your veterinarian before any changes in diet.
  • Minimize or eliminate table scraps for your pet.
  • Consult your veterinarian regarding vaccination and deworming programs best suited for your area.
  • Keep small chewable objects away from your pets.
  • Do not let your pets (especially cats and ferrets) play with strings or threads.
Vomiting & Diarrhea Prevention

How To Make A Bland Diet

  • Mix one carbohydrate food item with one protein food item at a ratio of 1/4 protein and 3/4 carbohydrate proteins; Proteins: Lean hamburger (cooked & drained), Low-fat cottage cheese, Boiled skinless & boneless chicken breast. Carbohydrates: Boiled plain pasta, Boiled potatoes, Boiled white rice.
  • Feed approximately 4 ounces (1/4 cup) of protein and 16 ounces (one cup) of cooked carbohydrate per 20 pounds of body weight daily.

How To Make A Bland Diet

  • Mix one carbohydrate food item with one protein food item at a ratio of 1/4 protein and 3/4 carbohydrate proteins; Proteins: Lean hamburger (cooked & drained), Low-fat cottage cheese, Boiled skinless & boneless chicken breast. Carbohydrates: Boiled plain pasta, Boiled potatoes, Boiled white rice.
  • Feed approximately 4 ounces (1/4 cup) of protein and 16 ounces (one cup) of cooked carbohydrate per 20 pounds of body weight daily.