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Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and Diarrhea Advice from an Emergency Vet in Cambridge

Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region wants you to understand why your cat or dog might vomit or have diarrhea. We also have an emergency vet in Cambridge who can assist you anytime if you believe your pet needs immediate treatment.

Vomiting and Diarrhea Advice

What to do if Your Dog Has Diarrhea or is Vomiting

You don’t always have to call us if your dog has diarrhea and is vomiting. In fact, many dogs have a strong defense system that tells their bodies when they’ve eaten something they should not have eaten. However, you will want to bring your animal to the vet if the condition does not improve in 24-48 hours. In the meantime, you can take actions to treat this problem at home.

Treating Dog Diarrhea at Home

Put your dog on a bland diet for two days. For instance, you could provide your pet unseasoned, boiled, boneless chicken breast meat and rice. When your dog's stool becomes normal again, you can switch back to dog food or administer a parasite medication if recommended by a vet. If you still notice issues after home treatment, call your Cambridge emergency veterinarian.

Treating Dog Vomiting at Home

If your dog has no other symptoms besides diarrhea, and usually eats normally, you can withhold food for about 12-24 hours. Continue to give your dog water unless he or she vomits. If there is vomiting, pain, or other symptoms, take the animal to the vet immediately.

What Action to Take if Your Cat has Diarrhea or is Vomiting

Just like with a dog, most cases of diarrhea or vomiting are because a cat has eaten something he or she should not. The main concern would be if this lasts more than a day or two or if the animal has diarrhea and is vomiting at the same time. However, you can treat diarrhea or vomiting at home in most cases.

Treating your Cat’s Diarrhea at Home

Put your cat on a bland diet for a day or two. If their stool is normal, then you don’t have to worry. Otherwise, you might consider over-the-counter parasite medication or take your animal to the vet if the problem persists.

Treating your Cat’s Vomiting at Home

Withhold food from your cat for at least a couple of hours. Then, if your feline friend has not vomited, offer him or her some water. You can then gradually test your cat’s stomach by offering them small amounts of food while closely monitoring their health.

How to Know When to Call the Animal Hospital in Cambridge

Contact the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region in Cambridge, ON at (519) 650-1617 right away if your pet has an extremely watery stool, is vomiting blood, is in pain, or might be unconscious soon. 

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