Seeing your pet throw up is worrisome.
Vomiting forcefully ejects food and fluid from your pet’s tummy. If the food is undigested (still whole), it originated from the stomach. If it is digested (broken down in mushy appearance), it came from the intestines.
There are three stages of vomiting:
- Nausea (hilo) – too much saliva, swallowing and licking of lips
- Retching (duwal) – contraction of tummy to expel food and fluid out
- Vomiting (suka) – food and fluid ejected forcefully
WHY IS VOMITING DANGEROUS
Complications of excessive vomiting include aspiration pneumonia (vomit goes to the lungs), malnutrition (weight loss), electrolyte imbalances (chills or cramps), hyperacidity or opposite, and dehydration.
CHECK IF PET IS DEHYDRATED – SKIN TENTING TEST
I highly encourage you watch the 2 minute video below to test whether your pet is really dehydrated.
When there is fever, blood in vomit, dehydration, tummy pain, and your pet is in an unresponsive state, this is an emergency. Please rush to your nearest vet.
CAUSES OF VOMITING
WHY YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR PE TO THE VET
Your vet will perform a physical exam focusing on the tummy if there is pain in the area. There will be recommendations to do blood workup (complete blood count and biochemistry profile) and imaging (x-ray or ultrasound) if your pet is more than a year old. During your visit, you may or you may not find out the cause. But treatment options must be laid out to you, keeping patient safety as priority.
If your pet is younger, a screening test for infections will be recommended. For puppies and kittens, it is either Parvovirus or worms most of the time.
WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A VET AT THIS TIME
- Do not suddenly change the main food. If you plan to do so, you may follow this simple guide:
25% new food + 75% old food
50% new food + 50% old food
75% new food + 25% new food
100% new food
Note: Use measuring cups and do some math to compute your serving. To see how much food should be given to your pet per day based on its kilogram body weight, see the backside of your dog food’s packaging. As a rule of thumb, 1 cup of dry food is for 5 kg of body weight. Amount varies depending on your pet’s condition and veterinary prescription.
- If you plan to introduce treats, give a bite-sized amount and wait for 6-10 hours for any vomit, soft poop or itchy skin. If none, it is safe.
- Bring your pet to the vet if you feel it may be “something else”
- Follow your vet’s program for initial or annual vaccination, and deworming program.
- Do not self-medicate
- Avoid pet-products that did not undergo quality testing and FDA registration (do not be fooled by social media reviews of people who did not go to vet school but prescribe food for your pet’s nutrition)
- If you have an ageing pet, request an annual general checkup for comprehensive analysis of your pet’s body. This includes a complete blood count, biochemistry profile, urinarlysis and a whole body x-ray just every 6 months.
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