The Honolulu Pet Clinic Discusses Pet Diarrhea & Vomiting
Pets can sometimes be subject to gastrointestinal upsets that cause vomiting and diarrhea. Generally, not every bout of vomiting or diarrhea is a sign of a serious problem. However, in some cases, it can be a symptom of a more troubling condition. At The Honolulu Pet Clinic in Honolulu, HI, we have experience diagnosing and treating the common causes of vomiting and diarrhea in pets.
Causes of Vomiting in Pets
Dogs will experience vomiting when they consume a large amount of fatty foods, ingest foreign objects, eat something poisonous, or if they suffer from intestinal parasites. Carsickness, anxiety, infections, and metabolic disorders have also been known to cause vomiting in dog.
Cats will typically vomit after consuming too much hair during self-grooming. Diabetes or cancer can also cause bouts of vomiting. Frequent vomiting should be investigated by your veterinarian, to rule out any serious disorders.
Causes of Diarrhea in Pets
Any change in eating habits can result in diarrhea in pets. These generally pass quickly if you withhold food for a few hours to allow the gastrointestinal system to rest. However, internal parasites can also cause diarrhea, and treatment is necessary to eliminate the worms. Viruses and bacteria can cause loose stools. If the animal experiences stress, the result may be a bout of diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel problems can cause frequent problems with diarrhea. Metabolic problems may have diarrhea. If your pet shows any sign of pain, depression, has blood in his stool or very watery diarrhea, contact your vet immediately for treatment.
Preventing Pet Gastrointestinal Problems
Pet owners can prevent gastrointestinal upsets that cause vomiting and diarrhea, but maintaining a consistent diet for their pets. Avoid changing foods quickly. Instead, gradually add more of the new food to the older type to allow adjustment. Avoid feeding your pet table foods. Keep garbage wrapped and contained in covered containers. Prevent the animals from eating things off the ground when outdoors. Only provide vet-approved chewing treats.
Make The Honolulu Pet Clinic Your Veterinarian in Honolulu
Our veterinarians and staff at The Honolulu Pet Clinic are committed to providing quality pet care for our patients in Honolulu, HI. We offer many veterinary services, such as kitten and puppy care, senior care, vaccinations, surgery, preventative care, emergency care, and boarding. Call The Honolulu Pet Clinic today at (808) 593-9336 for an appointment for an exam, to learn the cause of your pet’s gastrointestinal problem.