Some of the most common, yet scary symptoms in your pet are vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms can vary in intensity and duration, it is important to seek veterinary attention immediately when they arise.
If you think your pet may have ingested foreign material, please contact and go directly to your closest emergency hospital. If your pet ingested a poison or toxin (i.e chocolate or grapes), contact Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435 (a consultation fee may apply) prior to going to your closest emergency hospital.
Common Causes and Diagnostics
There are a multitude of disease processes that can result in these symptoms. Through your veterinarian, the cause can be narrowed and appropriate treatment provided. A few of the illnesses are listed below:
- Dietary Allergies
- Infectious Diseases
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Liver/Kidney Failure
- Eating Spoiled Food/Inappropriate Foods
- Intestinal Parasites
Internal organ function is evaluated though lab work and is the starting point for any pet with clinical signs of gastrointestinal upset. In the case of intestinal parasites, this can be assessed through a fecal float. Additionally, your veterinarian may discuss advanced testing, if necessary, to narrow down the root cause of the illness.
Maintaining appropriate hydration is vital for a quick recovery, your veterinarian may provide fluid therapy under the skin to restore normal hydration. After examination and initial diagnostics, we will discuss various treatment options that can be completed at home. This can include changing to an easily digestible bland diet for the duration of treatment. Additional supportive therapies can include anti-nausea medication, antacids, probiotics, and antibiotics. Recommendations will be based on your pet’s clinical signs and diagnostic results. In some cases, advanced diagnostics or treatments, such as hospitalization, may be necessary. Your veterinarian will help guide you through the process of getting your pet into a hospital.
* Saturdays from 9am to 1pm - Our administrative staff at MVS Pet Care Florida are here on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm to take your calls and help schedule you for the upcoming week. Saturdays are a great time to work with our staff to schedule your visits in advance.