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Treatment for Profuse Vomiting or Diarrhea from our Braselton Veterinarian

When you bring your pet in to see our team at Animal Emergency Care of Braselton, we’ll provide you with comprehensive care and one-on-one attention to each of your pet’s unique needs. There are some situations in which emergency medical care is necessary. If your pet is experiencing profuse vomiting or diarrhea, it is a medical emergency and one that requires calling our offices immediately.

Profuse Pet Vomiting or Diarrhea

What Causes Vomiting and Diarrhea in a Dog or Cat?

There are various factors that can contribute to significant vomiting and diarrhea in a cat or dog. Generally, this condition is expected in pets from time to time, just like it may happen with humans. However, when the condition is severe, with numerous episodes in a short period of time, pet owners should react quickly and call a veterinarian. 

Gastroenteritis

This condition is often a term used to describe a number of underlying causes that lead to gastrointestinal upset. This may be due to numerous factors such as:

  • A parasite
  • Viruses
  • Food eaten
  • Reaction to medications
  • Reaction to the environment
  • Some forms of cancer and organ complications can create this condition

Contact your veterinarian for additional causes.

Key Symptoms to Monitor for in Your Pet

There are some situations that require immediate attention. Please call us if your pet experiences any of these:

  • You notice blood in the stool or vomit.
  • Your pet has vomited or had diarrhea several times over the course of several hours.
  • There is a mucus-like film in the stool, which indicates a colon-related complication.
  • There is undigested food or blood in the feces indicating a lower digestive tract concern.
  • You notice foreign objects, sticks, toys, or other odd items in your pet’s vomit.
  • Your pet experiences seizures, seizures require immediate attention.

What to Do If Your Pet Is Experiencing This

If your pet is experiencing significant vomiting or diarrhea, which means having several events every few hours or less, contact our team immediately. The biggest immediate risk is dehydration. This can happen in a very short time. It is best to keep your pet comfortable and call our offices immediately to provide symptoms and to receive instructions for caring for your pet at this time.

If possible, bring in a sample of the pet’s diarrhea when you visit. We can use this for examination to determine what the possible cause of the illness is.

What You Can Expect When You Arrive

Our team will work closely with you to gather information about your pet’s health. This will include understanding any existing medical conditions your pet may have. We’ll take several steps when your pet arrives including:

  • Placing an IV for hydration or providing your pet with fluids.
  • Gathering blood work to learn more about your pet’s potential illness.
  • Providing a full examination.
  • Taking your pet’s temperature.
  • We may require x-rays or an abdominal ultrasound to better understand the underlying cause of the pet’s concern.

Once we gather all of the information possible, we can then determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, keeping your pet hydrated is the only need. In other cases, medications or even surgery may be necessary. Since vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms, it’s hard to know what treatment will be until you visit our team.

Call Animal Emergency Care of Braselton for an Appointment with a Vet Today

To learn more about your pet’s options or to schedule an appointment with a vet, call Animal Emergency Care of Braselton today at (470) 209-7222.