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Tummy Troubles: Vomiting & Diarrhoea In Pets

Vomiting and diarrhoea are two words most people don’t want to talk about, let alone have to deal with when it comes to their pet. Thankfully, we have a summary of what you need to know so you don’t have to dwell on these words for too long!

Most dogs and cats in our area, from Queens Park to Ferndale and surrounds, will suffer from either or both of these at some point in their life. A common cause of vomiting or diarrhoea in pets is dietary indiscretion. This is just our way of saying your dog or cat ate something he shouldn’t.

What should I do if my pet spews or has runny poo?

In the case of your cat or dog vomiting or having diarrhoea, our expert Perth vets recommend you:

  • withhold food for a few hours (gastric rest)
  • offer fluids for rehydration
  • and feed a bland diet for a few days.

After this, most pets will recover without a problem.

How do I know when to call the vet?

Unfortunately there are times when pets’ vomiting and diarrhoea become a little more serious and that’s when you need to call on us, your vets in Perth. You should seek advice if your pet:

  • Vomits more than once
  • Has multiple bouts of diarrhoea
  • Seems lethargic or is off his food
  • Might have ingested something he shouldn’t
  • Has been losing weight recently

If you have a puppy or a kitten with diarrhoea or vomiting we recommend you get them checked with us no matter what as their little bodies don’t have much reserve and they can go downhill very quickly.

If you’re worried about your pet, please just call us at Cannington Vet Hospital for advice. We might not be able to clean your carpet but we can help put your mind to rest!