Preventative Care@3x

upset tummy 🙁

Jul 28, 2012 | Arizona Pet Health

Has your dog been vomiting or experiencing diarrhea for a few days? If it has only happened for a day or two, it most likely means that your pet ate spoiled food or something he isn’t use to eating, but it could also be a sign of an infection. On the other hand, long lasting and frequent vomiting episodes may be caused by long-term exposure to foods or other irritants, but it could possibly indicate something serious like a disease or problems with internal organs.

On the look out

It’s time to try to pinpoint the problem. Try to recall if you fed your dog something new recently. Check around the house to see if you notice if he has taken any bites out of house plants. Take notice if your dog vomits right after eating. Look for other signs of illness in addition to the upset stomach, such as a fever of 102 or higher, weight loss, pain, or acting lethargic.

What to do

First and foremost you will want to keep your dog hydrated with liquids containing electrolytes and vitamins. If you have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t a new food that caused the upset stomach and it is on-going, you will want to contact your veterinarian so that he may suggest a home remedy or have you come into the office so that he can determine the underlying cause of the vomiting and a treatment plan. He may suggest you give your dog an antidiarrheal or antacid. Or for a more natural remedy eating grass from the yard may be suggested to make your pet throw up whatever may be making them ill. Another suggestion may be feeding you dog rice or banana baby food. The vet may suggest you refrain from feeding your dog and simply keeping him hydrated with until he can be seen within 24 hours.

No one likes feel under the weather, including your pet. Vomiting and/or diarrhea could be a sign of a food change or something much worse. Any signs of an upset stomach will send you on a hunt to find the problem, which may require assistance from your pet’s vet, and provide treatment to help him to a speedy recovery.

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.